Post # 1
I’m going to be having a buffet style reception. I’m expecting no more than 50 guests total. There will be 6 tables seating 8 people each. Should I do assigned seating? I’ve read that the majority of guests actually prefer assigned seating. I would seat guests with others that they already know to relieve any feelings of awkwardness. Ideas?
Post # 3
We had a buffet and did assigned seating. I find that people really do appreciate not having to save their own seat. Additionally, if you don’t at least assign tables, you will need to have more seating because inevitably some tables will only have one seat left and then you have to worry about Aunt Jane and Uncle Joe being seated separately because they got there last.
Post # 4
This is your topic, huh Corn??? I do agree with you.
MayGrad, that’s only 48 chairs. Two people are going to have to stand. Just kidding. Personally, I think you want to assign tables. You’re on the right track on how you’d divide them up. Un;ess you come from a region ,in which you and your guests are entirely acustomed to not having seating charts, assign them and do your best to put them with people they can strike up interesting conversations with.
Post # 5
I had buffet style reception and also debated about seating. In the end I went with assigned seats so there’s no confusion.
Most of the people I’ve asked said that no-assigned seating was fun to mix things up, but it was also stressful for those who are shy and don’t feel as comfortable mingling with strangers.