(Closed) Why do table numbers?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  They’re helpful if you have quite a few tables. It’s an extra way to help guests quickly find their seats.

Post # 5
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i was at a wedding recently that did not have assigned seating and every time my family and i would try to sit at an empty table/seat, someone else would come over and say, “oh, we’re saving this table/seat.” it was kind of annoying. i was on the fence about assigned seating at the time, but i decided then and there that we would do assigned seating. i don’t want my guests to have to play musical chairs trying to find a place to sit.

edited to add: if you’re not having a lot of people at your reception, assigned seating may not be necessary. but when you have a larger number of guests, i think it makes it easier on them to know where they should be

Post # 6
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I always wondered the same thing….I am only having 25 guests,so I don’t think it will be necessary.My friend had a wedding and really stressed over the seating chart.She said she didn’t want the younger more wild crowd to end up sitting with the more mature guests.

Post # 7
46401 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you don`t have assigned seating, there will always be those people who leave one seat empty between themselves and others already seated at the table when they arrive. Most of your guests will likely be in couples.

There will aslo be many tables with 2 empty seats and families of 4 looking for seats.

Your room will look a little less than classy when people tip up the chairs to save them for others.

Overall, it takes much longer for the guests to sort themselves out when there is no seating plan.

Post # 9
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Ohh, okay. I’m sorry, I misunderstood the question.

  Assigned seating can definitely be a pain. However, it does prevent some awkward seating moments with people. You wouldn’t have to assign their specific chair at the table, but it does help people find a seat. I went to a wedding once where there wasn’t assigned seating. We got to the reception after most people, so we were seated with friends of the bride’s parents. One of them made an uncomfortable comment towards us, so that did ruin the evening.

  Now, we also went to a slightly smaller reception where there wasn’t assigned seating. We ended up sitting with some people we knew, and everything was fine. I think it just depends on the make up of the people at your event.

  I hope this helps!

Post # 10
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@lilchicana:  Exactly!  Not to mention if there is a family of 4 but only seating for 2 available at each table… I didn’t want my guests to have to deal with that kind of thing.

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