(Closed) Seating Chart?? NO sit down dinner; buffet style……

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are having a buffer dinner but we are stil having arranged seating. It just makes it easier and fasting for everyone to get into their seats

Post # 5
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For feedback, I’m doing a buffet style dinner with no seating chart, as well. The way I see it, if people are old enough to be considered an adult, they are old enough to pick who they sit next to. It’s also one more thing to stress/fret about.

Post # 6
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have been to weddings where there were buffets and people still had assigned tables, though not necessarily exact seat assignments.

When I was debating this myself, I read an article which did a poll and over 85% of people actually preferred being told where to sit (I def do).  My SIL also had an issue where people were natrually skipping seats when they sat down at tables, so a table looked filled even if it wasn’t and then some guests were really unsure where to sit.

We’re doing assigned tables for about the same number of guests you have and it doesn’t seem like too big of a task.  I’m not sure I’d worry about being as detailed as assigned seats at the tables.

Post # 7
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think with that amount of people, you might want a seating arrangement because you don’t want people wandering around, not knowing where they’re going.

Also, if you choose not to have a seating arrangement, you should have more tables and chairs than you need because people will want to be able spread out and sit with their entire party.

Post # 8
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m doing a buffet style dinner with assigned tables, not seats.  At least this way everyone has a table to go to and people aren’t scrambling around.

Post # 10
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are actually doing exactly what you just mentioned…assigned for bridal party (obviously), parents & grandparents…then it is free seating for everyone else.  We are only doing that for parents and grandparents to get them at the table next to us up front (kind of they are special type thing).  Our dinner is buffet, but it is only for family (only family is invited to ceremony and only ceremony guests are invited to dinner).  Then we are having a cocktail reception following for about 200 guests which will just be free-flow mingling with tables all around.

I think either way is fine, but you are having quite a bit more folks than me, so it might be less stressful to assign them.

Post # 11
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Definitly assigned!  I went to a wedding once with unassigned seating and some couples had to split up because there wasn’t a table with 2 avaliable seats…not cool.  🙂  (No offense to anyone who did it and it worked…)

Post # 12
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re doing a buffet and no assigned seating.

My only advice is if you do this make sure you have a much greater number of seats than you have guests. I think we’ll have 90-100 guests and we’re having almost 130 seats (126 I think) to allow for spaces that people will no doubt leave.

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