Post # 1
My husband and I are finally throwing oursleves a reception.. cocktail party style. We rented a hall which looks similar to a lounge, very non traditional, and we’re doing beach themed. We have the option to have 10 round tables with 8 chairs each in a back area, and the dance floor area, we’re having high bar type cocktail tables which seat 3-4. Now, we figured we’d leave the larger tables for the older family members who may not want to party all night. We didn’t plan on having a seating arrangement, but now we may have too especially for those family members. Since it’s a first come first serve seating, how do we go about reserving those larger tables for older family members? Do we have to put their names on each table, or have place cards with their individual/family names?
Post # 3
“First come , first serve seating” and “reserving those larger tables for older family members” unfortunately are polar opposites.
You will need either a seating plan for those tables or placecards for those guests.
Post # 4
Honestly, not having enough seating for every single person is a poor idea in my opinion. Even your young guest will want a home base to put their purse, sit and chat and what have you. I would highly recommend a seating plan.
Post # 5
We are doing a similar concept, and my cousin did this a few years ago and everyone loved her reception. For family members we will be reserving 2 tables of 10, one for each family, and placing a sign on it that says reserved for bride’s family/ reserved for grooms family.
Post # 6
i didn’t say that i didn’t have enough seating for everyone. That would def be a bad idea 🙂
i do have enough seats, it’s just going to be very informal high bar chair type for the younger crowd and larger tables for the older family members. I basically want people to come in and sit whereever they’d like but i want to make sure i have reserved seating for the family
Post # 7
@LRin2011: thanks i actually like that idea! It may work for me
Post # 8
One idea is to choose a handful of tables that will accommodate the family members you’re concerned about, and put signs on them that say “Reserved for the Bride’s (or Groom’s) Family.” Let your parents and elder relatives know to sit at the reserved tables.