(Closed) Seating Chart or No seating chart that is the question!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
624 posts
Busy bee

I think you can get away with it.  We will have about 100 people and aren’t doing one mainly because we have about 3 groups of people who don’t get along so it’s just too much to properly seperate them.  They need to be adults!!

Post # 4
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would say that as long as you reserve seating for immediate family…the rest of the guests can figure it out.

Post # 5
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My coordinator at the venue said that people want to have direction and a place to go. They don’t want to have to “fight” for a seat. She also said not having a seating chart means that people sometimes move place settings around to suit where they want to sit.

I say do one, but don’t assign seats just assign tables.

Post # 6
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had a similarly-sized wedding without a seating chart.  We just reserved a couple tables for immediate family members, and everyone else got to choose where they wanted to sit.  My only suggestion is to have an extra table or an extra seat at each table over what you’ll actually need.  That way, people won’t have to fight for a seat or split up from their date/family in order to find seats together.

Post # 7
2472 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s important to have a seating chart, even with your guest list size.  You don’t want people wondering where they want to sit and making a big ordeal out of it.  I think they need some type of idea of where to go.

Post # 8
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I prefer having an assigned table when I go as a guest.  We’ll be doing so as well.

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think you should have a seating chart, too, unless your reception is super casual / informal.

Post # 10
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve only been to one wedding where there was no seating chart/table assignments and it was kind of a disaster. People were literally running for seats so they could sit with the people they wanted and avoid other people and it was kind of awkward.

Post # 11
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I like seating charts for the same reasons everyone mentioned above. I get nervous when we have to set out and find our own table, especially when we don’t know anyone else.

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