(Closed) seating malarkey

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i agree with you. i would buckle down and make a seating chart.

Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m confused. Does your venue only have seating for 175 people and you’re inviting 200?

Post # 5
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

So you’re going to have 200 guests and 175 seats?  You can’t do a seating chart in that case.

Post # 7
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would make sure you have enough chairs for all the guests and have seating arrangements. Even at weddings with food stations I’ve noticed that most people tend to all sit down around the same time to eat and I hate to be separated from friends/family or be the odd one out at a table.

Plus I always think it’s nice to have a reserved seat to place my purse/jacket on. If you don’t have assigned seating/enough seats people wouldn’t be able to do that.

Post # 8
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Are you going to start the dancing as soon as people come in?  I think you need to go with more seating, or less.  If its obvious that there is only enough seating for less than half the people, younger people will probably leave it open for the older folks to sit (I hope anyway).  If you only have 25 people without chairs, they might feel really awkward.

Post # 9
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’ve been to both types of weddings and have always preferred having a seat vs. the random find a seat wherever you wish.  What I noticed at my own wedding (w/ seating chart) is that people milled around – but ultimately had a ‘base camp’ in which to park themselves for certain things (like toasts, parent dances, etc.).  The non-seating chart is a bit anxiety producing, IMO – and I think you almost have to have an extra table or two – since people likely won’t fill tables in their entirety (to sit with strangers).

Post # 10
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I prefer to have a seat! The Martha Stewart website has an amazing seating chart tool. It lets you completely customize the layout of the room (or rooms) and you can do either round or rectangular tables. If you go to the her wedding site then you go to “My Tools” you will see one that says “My seating” – it is very easy to move guests around and I actually didnt mind doing it through this tool! You have to register with her site but its free

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