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Banquet Seating Idea - Thoughts?

Sandra, on January 23, 2021 at 8:04 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 10
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Curious what you guys think of this - I found a banquet seating chart on the insta that left four or five empty seats in front of the bride and groom. The concept I’m guessing is to have the B&G “on display” more, allow space for guests to visit them, etc.


We already decided that we definitely want banquet seating, essentially in a U shape around a pool, with the short side of the U being our 20 person WP table. So I’m toying with this idea, this whole “leaving empty seats in front of you” concept but FH is on the fence. He doesn’t want to feel too much under a spotlight, though I argued it’s somewhat inevitable on your wedding day. Could it be awkward during speeches that the B&G are surrounded by people at their table and anyone too far can’t even see them? Could it possibly be annoying to open up a visiting nook right in front of you while you try to eat? Lol so many pros and cons.
Thoughts? Anyone ever structured their seating this way before? Pic for reference. 🙂 Banquet Seating Idea - Thoughts? 1

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Latest activity by Katie, on January 27, 2021 at 8:21 AM
  • Katie
    Super August 2020
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    Hi Sandra, I’m on your side 😉 it will be nice for your photographer and guests to take photos of you easily. Photos and videos of your reactions to the toasts are so fun to look back at after the day!! How to help explain to your fiancé is guests want to celebrate you and see you on your special day! The pool sounds SO PRETTY 💦
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  • K
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    I haven’t seen it done, but that’s a great idea for your table layout. May help to remind FH that it’s not just about you, but also, how uncomfortable would it be for any guests sitting immediately across from you who feel everyone staring at their backs and talking over their heads all evening! Or you could move for toasts to a more visible location and stand up not at a specific table, which is common.
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    Hi Sandra! I think this makes sense - especially if you're setting up your tables in a "U" shape around a pool. It could be difficult for guests to even get to the other side of your table!!

    At my wedding my husband and I didn't want to much of a spotlight, so we sat at a round table with our immediate families for the reception. The other guests couldn't see our faces too much during toasts, but we were at the front table so that our photographer and videographer had a clear view of our faces!

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  • Michelle
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    I'm going to say that looks super confusing. I've attended a couple dinners like this and seating was a pain to locate and no one saw the couple from where they were seated. Speeches weren't done but generally I've never seen that guests pay attention.
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  • Sandra
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    Thank you! I’m sure I will win him over in the end, with sound logic like this! 🤗 Here’s the pool in question 🥰 Banquet Seating Idea - Thoughts? 2

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  • Sandra
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    Oh that’s a good idea too, because you’re right how awkward would that be, 🙈 someone shouting their congratulations past your head and onto your steak at the bride and groom. 😂
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  • Sandra
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    I never even considered the importance of the photographer/videographer. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I cry *very* easily so wouldn’t want them missing out on any of my speech related tears. 😆 thank you for the advice. 🥰
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  • Sandra
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    I have also wondered this. Looking at this picture I was like, how is anyone supposed to find their seat?? Lol I’m going to see if there’s any other intel regarding this on the forums or ask my wedding planner. Banquet tables are so pretty looking but it’s a true pain in the end then.. 🤷🏻‍♀️
    My original plan was square tables like this! I don’t see square often so I thought they were fun and different.
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  • Sandra
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    Sorry if* it’s a true pain
    too early 🙈
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  • Katie
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    SO beautiful!!! This is a dream place!!! Can’t wait to see your future photos 🌞❤️
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