(Closed) Seating Question!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Snow00774:  I think the only reason to do place assignments (instead of table assignments) is when you’re serving a plated meal and the caterer needs to know where to deliver each menu selection. For buffet, I think table assignment is fine

Post # 5
13 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t want to do a seating chart, but Fiance is concerned about some of his single friends (they will be from Out of Town and not know anyone else.) I told him he can do the chart then 🙂
I think what will end up happening though is we’ll have a few “Reserved” tables and just tell certain people to sit at them. Everyone else can fend for themselves.
We are having a sit down dinner, with meal options. To make sure the servers know who gets what I am making their escort cards color coded (purple = beef, green = chicken, etc) 

Post # 7
869 posts
Busy bee

Not moronic – I figured it out for myself (I think).  They’re placecards that also have the table number on them, that you set out near the entrance of your reception venue.  So, if I was a guest and saw the card with my name, “MalbecMe, Table 4” I’d grab it, head to table 4, and place the card on the table in front of the seat I chose….  Someone can definitely correct me if I’m mistaken 🙂

Post # 8
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve been married before.

For my first marriage, we just let people sit wherever they wanted. The thing I didn’t like about that, was a lot of people ‘saved’ seats by leaning the chairs against the tables. It was ugly and made it hard to walk around the tables.  

This time I had assigned seating.  I, personally, prefered the assigned seating.  And I heard a few of my guests comment that they liked having assigned places. There were no chairs leaning against the tables, and I really was going for a more formal feel. 

There are advantages both ways, and it’s really just a matter of preference. 

Post # 9
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I really hate that middle school feeling of wondering around looking for somewhere to sit. I would at least assign tables so large parties/families can be seated together (or have plenty of extra tables which is probably not the look you sre going for).

Post # 10
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ive been to a wedding that didnt have assigned seats and quite often there would be one or two gaps between people already sitting and youd walk up with your family and would need to ask other people to move around so that your family could sit together. It just wasnt fun at all.

Post # 12
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve seen it done where you have a seating list, example, table one – list of names, and then all the place cards are there, you grab yours and choose your own seat!

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