(Closed) Table numbers but no assigned seats?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How should I organize our guests for our buffet dinner?
    Numbered tables will work great! : (10 votes)
    12 %
    You need assigned seats. : (5 votes)
    6 %
    Assign tables, but you don't need to assign seats. : (67 votes)
    79 %
    Don't do anything. Let guests sit where they want and let them get food when they want. : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    The only thing you have to be concerned with when you don’t assign tables or seats is that sometimes people borrow chairs from neighboring tables, so there’s an uneven number of people at the tables.  If that slight disorganization doesn’t bother you, then no need to worry about assigned seating.  I definitely do NOT recommend letting everyone make a run at the buffet at once though!  😉

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Yeah..I just went to a wedding that had a buffet and no assigned seating – the wedding was amazing, but people wandered from the cocktail hour early to “claim” seats because there was no assigned seats and the table I sat at had numerous chairs brought over..I think some type of system would be best!

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think assigned seating is always a great idea.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We assigned people to numbered tables and let them sit wherever they wanted at the table- it worked really well because our dj just helped with the flow and told the tables when to get up for the buffet.

    I’ve been to one that was a free for all buffet- very confusing!  It worked out in the end, but was a little stressful for the guests.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i think assigned tables (maybe seats too) is a good way to go. i’m not a huge fan of non-assigned tables for seating, gets too crazy IMO.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I would really do assigned tables  for a wedding that size.  Especially since people will be up and out of their seats for the buffet, I think it would get too confusing otherwise… Plus as a guest I always hate when there aren’t assigned tables- I guess I just don’t have that sixth sense or something, but I always end up at a terrible table with Great Aunt Mildred or someone…

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Scrchik17- I live in Rockville too! Maybe we are neighbors!

    I agree with the other posters, if you were have a small reception of like 50 guests, that might be okay, but with 150 it’s going to be a little chaotic. Your best bet is too have assigned tables and then let people chose their seat at the table. It really only matters for the meal anyway since afterwards people will get up and mingle.

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I feel AWKWARD at weddings if it isn’t assigned and I don’t know many people/anyone! I’d rather be told where to sit 😉

    I think assigning just tables could be okay, especially if you wedding isn’t too large

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I think having assigned table, but not seats would work to your benefit.

    We are having a small reception; no more than 50 guests with a buffet.

    We will be assigning tables, but not seats to avoid chaos and too many guests at one table and too few at another.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    there was a thread recently about lessons learned at weddings about what NOT to do and it was pretty much unanimous that you should never have free seating!  it creates a lot of confusion and awkwardness for your guests while they wander around trying to find a place to sit.  i.e. oh there’s not enough room at this table, let’s try this one… oh no, our other friends are way over there but their table is already full with some randoms… see what I mean?  In a formal setting like a wedding you should definitely just direct your guests to which table they should sit at but there is no need for assigned seats.  once they know what table they’re at it’s no big deal to just pick one out of 10 chairs.  i’ve never been to a wedding with assigned seats but they have ALL had assigned tables except one and that was weird.  and i’ve been to like 30 weddings lol.  either way you don’t need to worry about when they’ll go get food, the caterer takes care of it since they are professionals at this and have it down to a system.  they will walk around “releasing” each table in turn for the buffet, it’s pretty much assumed that’s how it will work.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Scrchik17 – I’m right by the Rockville metro station over by the town center. Where are you?

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I voted for assigning the tables (and not assigning seats), but I do think a free for all can work well IF you have lots of extra seating. When my sister got married, she had almost 2 whole extra tables, so she didn’t bother with assigning tables and it all worked fine. When one of my friends got married on the other hand, it was a free for all, and there were not extra tables/chairs, so we ended up sitting with total strangers because that was the only place left to sit! Not so fun.

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