(Closed) Should we maximize seating or not even try?! (long, sorry!)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What do you think we should we do?
    Maximize the seating, even if it'll be crowded : (7 votes)
    33 %
    Don't bother - just go with a cocktail reception and tall tables (with some chairs around though!) : (6 votes)
    29 %
    Have some mix of both - tables and chairs for 60 - 75 and as many tall tables as possible : (7 votes)
    33 %
    Something else that I've explained below :) : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I kind of think that the expectation of a “cocktail reception” is that people will be standing. Yes, you should have some seating options for elderly guests and such, but I don’t think people are expecting a sit-down cocktail reception.

    I don’t know what your venue is like, but I went to a cocktail reception where they had set up a few “living room” sets–1-2 couches and a few arm chairs/ottomans in addition to high tables. It wasn’t enough for everyone, but it made the room look great and provided seating to those who needed it. You can also add more chairs around the perimeter when the tables are removed because people DO get tired dancing!

    Post # 4
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    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I would maximize the seating.  If people have nowhere to sit down, women in heels are unlikely to stay very long.  Also, people tend to leave their purses, etc. where they were last sitting, which may mean that even elderly guests will have nowhere to sit.

    Post # 5
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    I just have to say I really dislike tall tables.  I’m 5’5, average height–lots of women shorter than me though and I HATE having to sit on a stool in a nice dress.  Do your best to have as many reg. tables as possible is my advice.  If you don’t have enough room for reg. tables and chairs, maybe put tall tables and stools around three of the four walls.

    Post # 6
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    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    you defintaly need some seating, perhaps a few lounge areas with cushy chairs/loveseat type things and perhaps a few tall tables with barstools…is there a coatroom where ladies can put their purses etc?

    Post # 7
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    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think you should maximize your seating AND have cocktail tables along the perimeter just in case.

    Post # 9
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    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think the important thing is to know your crowd. Will you be having a lot of older folk who will want to find a seat and park it all night? Is it a younger crowd that will be up dancing and having a good time? A mix of both? We are doing a Heavy Hors d’ouerves cocktail reception with seating for only about 1/2. The thing is I know most all the  people will be up dancing and rarely sit except to eat, but even then not everyone will eat at the same time. I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m crazy but I’m not worried. The last wedding I went to was the exact same, 200 people, heavy hors d’ouevres style and only seating for 100. Honesty it looked like there were too many seats! Everyone was either up getting more food, getting more drinks, dancing, or trying to mingle, but that wedding like mine maybe will have a handful of people over the age of 50 and even those folks will be up having a good time!

    Post # 10
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I know I’d be upset if I didn’t get to sit. I would definetly have as much seating as possible.

    Post # 11
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    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m a little concerned about what your invitations might have said. If you weren’t sure between dinner and a cocktail reception, what did the invitations tell people about the reception? If nothing was said, people might not realize it’s not a sit down with a meal kind of event.

    Post # 12
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    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I agree that people need somewhere to sit but if you overcrowd the room then people may get stuck seated. My vote was to provide a mixture of tall tables and regular tables. I would use a ratio for 50-60% for regular tables and mix in tall tables as needed.

    Post # 13
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    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Do not overcrowd the room. Seriously. I know it theory it sounds terrible to say there aren’t enough seats for everyone, but really with a cocktail style reception not everyone will be sitting at the exact same time. At some point in the reception everyone will have sat down at one point but you do not need seats for everyone for the entire time.

    Post # 15
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    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    People will definitely want to sit. However, it’s unlikely everyone will want to sit at once. Do as many sit down tables as you can and have some standing tables too.

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