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Assigning tables
Is it easier to assign or let people pick their own seat?

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Posted On: Jan 6, 2009 at 3:44 AM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Married: 05/27/2007
Jan 06, 2009 at 10:42 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
From an organizational standpoint, it is easier to assign seats. Maybe you could assign guests to specific tables and they can choose their seat at those tables. Just a thought!

Vanessa O.

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Jan 06, 2009 at 12:02 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
From a planner's view point - most guests expect to have placecards to tell them which table to go to. If not they tend to get a little confussed. As for assigning seats at each table - its not necessary unless you are having a super formal and instilling all forms of proper etiquette. But most of today's events do not have such strict etiquette. You can do a blend of formal and informal. And your guests will appreciate knowing at least which table to sit at.

Married: 12/20/2008
Jan 06, 2009 at 12:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
for my wedding i just had place cards to tell people which table to sit at and they chose their own seats. From the friends and family i spoke with about it, they really liked that. But for the more important people i sat them up in front of the bridal table with their place cards in specific places. One table was my immediatly family and the other was my husbands. The other two were for the ones who put in a lot of effort in helping like with the bouquet, the cake, the photograghy things like that. I hope this helps!

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Jan 06, 2009 at 2:30 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Assigning tables is always a plus, and you can be creative with this, always try to seat guests in a comfortable manner, If you know Aunt Sally cant get along with Aunt Marge, seat them across the room from each other, LOL. If you have friends who are partiers, sit them near the dancefloor and watch them liven up the reception.

Allow a table for the immediate family, with parents and grandparents.
If you arent having a traditional bridal table, seat your wedding party with their spouses at a couple tables, have a special table for the little kids 2 to 8 that is set lower and has a fun kid friendly centerpiece.
Add a basket of coloring books, washable crayons or markers, stickers or kid favors.
Allow an extra table for late RSVP's.
There are some easy online charts you can use to map the room and seating.
This is always a bit tedious, but you can be creative in table names and themes.

Vanessa A.

Alce Events
Jan 09, 2009 at 7:39 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Having assigned seating can create a better flow at your reception. Guests can come in, sign the guest book (if you have one) pick up their place card and go to their assigned table. That way they're not wondering the hall for the best place they want to sit. If you're having a sit down dinner, assigned seating is key so that your caterer knows which meals to take to each table. I hope this helps!

Vanessa Alce
Alce Events Inc.

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