(Closed) Why do we need a seating chart?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s stressful trying to find seating at open seating weddings! I would do it as a courtesy to your guests. It doesn’t take too much time 🙂

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Please have a seating chart! I ended up next to the groom’s grandparents in the back of the room at a wedding where there was no seating chart. I felt bad for them because they were so far away from the newlyweds, and it was awkward for me.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrspinesol:  Because people will sit haphazardly. And even if you have enough chairs there may only be one seat open at a table and a couple will not be able to sit together.  I once went to a wedding without assigned seating, and I ended up on a bench in front of the reception venue eating my dinner on my lap.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrspinesol:  It helps keep things organized, at least for us.  Plus we can seat certain people away from those who don’t get along.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

My biggest push for seating charts is: 

ensure 10 people to the table
and everyone will sit with people they know.
(where as, if you get there late, you might be able to sit with your date) 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We are assigning tables not seats but pretty much for the reasons above so we make sure our immediate family gets a good seat and you don’t have one full table and one half full.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

i never understood seating charts either. maybe for a more formal wedding or if you have families that dont really get along so you want to keep them seperated but you would think they could find seating to just do that themselves. but as others have said on here it might keep the seats fille in certain spots so one table doesnt end up with 10 people trying to crowd in with their favorite people compared to a different table with only a small family of 3 or something or a lonely single person. but everyone moves around later in the night anyway so i dont think it really matters.

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