(Closed) Table Assignment or Seat Assignment

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Open Seating : (0 votes)
    Table Assignment ( Let them pick their seats) : (41 votes)
    91 %
    Seat Assignment : (4 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think this depends on a few factors:

    • Level of formality of your wedding
    • Regional norms
    • Any particularly sticky tablemates/reasons you might want to have control over exactly where each guest sits

    Personally, as a guest, I much prefer table assignments (without seat assignments). 

    Anecdotally, I’ve only been to one wedding ever with seat assignments. I also worked for a catering company all through college and worked 100’s of weddings at fancy mansion-type venues, and even those generally had just table assignments. But, this might be regional. 

    Post # 4
    37 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Assign tables not the seat. Save yourself that time, stress, and placecard money.

    Post # 5
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I personally prefer seat assignments.  It is nice to just come as a guest and not have to think about anything!

    Post # 6
    16194 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I’d say table assignment, unless guests have specific meal choices picked out ahead of time.


    Post # 8
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @lulubird:  +1

    This is why I voted for it.  You’re gonna wanna seat certain people together.  And you can put together a seating chart fairly easily…depending on how you wanna do it.  But if you have to layout every single seat, it’s going to take so much time and energy. 

    I’d just leave it up to my guests to figure out which seat, at their assigned table, is the one they like the best. 

    Post # 9
    2105 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Don’t do open seating whatever you do! Groups of friends (and even couples) will be split up, family may get stuck in the back, etc etc. 

    I went to a wedding in May with 10 people per table. I liked all the people at my table… except one girl I cannot stand. Thankfully, we were assigned tables, not seats, because the bride and groom have no idea how I feel about this girl. I sat as far from her as I wanted. Worked out great. 

    Post # 10
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    I like just table assignments.. as another PP pointed out, you save money on their placecards!!!!

    Post # 11
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Definitely assign tables. If you do open seating, it will be chaos and you will also need extra tables since guests will not conveniently sit themselves 9 or 10 at a table. Extra tables mean more centerpieces and more linens to rent, etc. You’ll have some tables where 13 ppl squeezed in and others with 4 or 5 people and a bunch fo emptry seats.

    Post # 12
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Definitely assign tables because it is very awkward for your guests that don’t know very many people to find a spot. It’s like being the new kid in school all over again! I wouldn’t bother assigning seats because it’s just way more work than it’s worth. At every wedding we’ve been to, the catering staff confirms people’s entrees anyway, so whether they sit in seat 1 or 9 at table 8 won’t really matter.

    Post # 13
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I did table assignments. Guests are usually grown up enough to figure out who they want to sit next to. Besides you never know if a single friend might sit next to another single friend and they start something fun up! 🙂

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