Post # 1
Thank you for checking in!
We are having a destination wedding with exactly 50 guests. The reception will be in a private room for dining, there wont be room for dancing. The layout is a sweetheart table for 13 and then two long 20-seater tables.
i am on the fence about assigned seating and dont mind doing things a little different. What would you do in terms of a seating chart?
Post # 3
@Nimii: YES, i hate when i get stuck next to someone i dont like or dont want to sit next to. you know your guests best and where they should sit.
Post # 4
Instead of doing a seating chart, you could just have name cards laid out on a nice table at the entrance with a sign that says “find your name and pick a seat” or something like that, and let guests pick where they want to sit. This is what I am leaning towards, despite my mum’s reservations.
The head table could have the cards already in place, should guests head up there, not that I think they would!
Post # 5
Guests always prefer assigned seats. Especially with that few extras!
Post # 6
I hated not having an assigned seat or at least an assigned table at a recent wedding I went to. It felt very uncomfortable. The tables ended up with some being super filled and some being nearly empty.
Your setup is different, though, with basically only two large guest tables (I’m assuming the small table is assigned).
Still, if it’s just random, people might end up being uncomfortable finding a seat – may not be able to sit near people they know, or may end up having couples have to split up to find seats.
We had one large 24-seat table for the wedding party and immediate family and did a seating assignment for that – I did name cards and put them out for each seat. Our other tables were smaller, so we just assigned people tables and did that by having a tent card for each guest to pick up that showed their table (and also used to indicate their meal choice).
Post # 7
As a guest, I prefer assigned seating. It’s always strange to try and find a seat, especially if you don’t know many people at the wedding. As a bride, I enjoyed it because I knew I could assure my family was able to sit together and keep certain people away from one another 😉