(Closed) The dreaded seating arrangements!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Luckily, we’re only inviting 65ish, and expecting 40ish to show.. much much much easier than 100+! I’m glad we kept ours small!

Post # 4
9115 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Holy crap. I don’t think I’ve met 116 people in my whole life.

Post # 5
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mishagirls79:  I am dreading when this time comes! I have 90 people and a good idea of who will be coming so I am going to almost do a pre-seating of generally knowing who goes where. I HOPE this makes it easier but who knows!

Post # 6
358 posts
Helper bee

I honestly never understood the point of seating arrangments, I mean can’t adults just seat themselves with those they want? But this comes from my idea of a small 30-40 person park wedding with only close friends and family so I really wouldn’t know

Post # 7
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I’m scared for this.

Post # 8
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I am not looking forward to doing the seating arrangement either, but of course I have to wait until all my rsvp’s come back just so I can start with a seating plan. 

@mishagirls79:  We are inviting 200 but aren’t expecting all to show up( I would’ve been happy with only my 50 closest friends and family..hehehe) What did you do to come up with your seating arrangement? Did you get a chance to see that layout of your tables yet? Did you use a spreadsheet of some sort did it by hand?

Post # 9
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ash064:  a lot of guests (especially families) come in groups, so seating charts make sure that the families can sit together. yes, they are able to find their own seat, but when you have a larger wedding many tables end up having a couple seats left and some families may get split up. personally, i would rather go to a wedding that has a seating chart vs. doesn’t so i don’t have to worry about it.

Post # 10
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m planning to assign tables but let the guests sort out where at the table they want to sit. The last wedding I attended (I was actually MOH) was totally unassigned. After doing the post-ceremony photos and helping the bride bustle her dress, by the time I walked in to the reception there was 1 seat left for me but none for my date. Totally awkward and led to a whole slew of other problems! So in order to avoid that I want to make sure everyone at least has a designated table.

How do you decide who sits with who? People who know each other together? Or mix it up to encourage mingling?

Post # 11
7673 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s not too bad. (We had 100 guests, tables of 8-10). We grouped people by who they know. So we put family groups together, and friends together.

There are always a few “leftovers” – a little group which doesn’t fit a whole table – and when that happened we grouped them with other people roughly the same age. But I think we had everyone at a table where they (or their date) knew at least a couple of other people.

And there is a real sense of satisfaction when you’re done!

Post # 12
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes it’s a nightmare! Wait til your parents get involved haha! 🙂

Post # 13
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our was pretty awful and we only had 25 people!  Thing was we had one huge table for everyone so it was hard to make sure certain people werent too close to each other.

Post # 15
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m not a really organized person, somehow I just can’t seem to get it right,  so with the seating, I’m terrified!!  but I figure I’ve got this far with only one meltdown,  I should be able to muster through with this part.

Post # 16
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I’m setting out tables and telling my guests to figure out where they want to sit.  But we’re having a casual beachside BBQ so not having assigned seating won’t be weird.

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