I used to think that assigned seating at reception was more work than it’s worth and reminded me too much of school.
But now I’ve changed my mind.
I went to a couple of weddings without assigned tables. Lilac Dude and I were filming a wedding and observed that people were trying to add chairs to tables and some guests were sitting alone. It seemed a little chaotic and frustrating.
Some other reasons that I’ll be picking the tables for my guests include:
1. Difficult family members. We all have them and I don’t want our sitting alone.
2. Getting up and losing your seat. It’s always nice to know you’ll have a chair waiting for you if you make a restroom run or need a dancing break.
3. The people you don’t know. Those far removed family members that we don’t exactly recognize. Table arrangements can give “context clues” as to who those strangers are at your wedding.
Are you assigning tables or seats?