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Seat Assignments - Necessary or Not?

Lynnie, on January 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 84
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Having a table or seat assignment at the wedding reception always makes things easier for you as a guest! But it does add a little work for the engaged couple!

Do you think seat (or table) assignments are necessary? Or do you think they're not needed??



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Latest activity by Tracie, on September 9, 2020 at 9:26 AM
  • Amber
    Master February 2020
    Amber ·
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    It wasn't until I joined WeddingWire that I realized how necessary seating arrangements are! So glad the ladies here talked me into having assigned tables. Unless you have a super small wedding, I'm always team seating chart!

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  • Katherine
    Beginner December 2020
    Katherine ·
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    Soooo, necessary. It depends what kind of family you have and if your friends are familiar with each other. If it’s anything like mine you definitely need it
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    This is necessary!!! Without (at least) table assignments, your reception will be pure madness. You don't want families and friends to be split up during your reception because you didn't take an extra 30 minutes to develop a seating chart.

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  • Amanda
    Dedicated January 2021
    Amanda ·
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    This is necessary. I've been to weddings where they didn't have it and it was a mess. Like the family ended up sitting in the back because they were taking pictures while the other guests were being seated.

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  • Elena
    Dedicated August 2020
    Elena ·
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    For my wedding I feel it is not needed, mostly everyone knows each other. But I do think that I will have a few tables reserved for parents, grandparents and bridal party.

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  • Anjelik
    Savvy September 2021
    Anjelik ·
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    DEFINITELY necessary. less chaotic !!!
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  • Jamie
    Dedicated November 2020
    Jamie ·
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    Not necessary. As long as the proper tables are reserved, the guest can sit wherever they want, i’ve been to dozens of weddings and people swap seats until they get where they want to be.
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  • Kirstin
    Dedicated June 2021
    Kirstin ·
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    So my wedding venue does it a little differently in that there are assigned seats but no need for place cards since waiters and waitresses come to get each guest and escorts them to there seats.
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  • Merline
    Super February 2020
    Merline ·
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    I think this is necessary for a larger wedding, but for a smaller wedding I think you could get back without.

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  • Kaysey
    Super February 2020
    Kaysey ·
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    Not necessary but we are also doing this one. We've been to weddings where there wasn't a seating chart and there were a number of guests moving chairs from one table to another putting 10-11 people at a table that was supposed to seat 8. I didn't like the look of that at the wedding where that happened and my FH agreed that we should do assigned seating.

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  • Ali
    Dedicated September 2021
    Ali ·
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    I’m pretty reluctant to say anything is a must for a wedding because I believe a wedding should be unique to the individual couple butttttt I would strongly recommend seating arrangements. I watch a lot of YouTube videos, been to a ton of weddings and discussed this with wedding professionals it’s a courtesy to your guest as well as your vendors. Some people might not have their “ideal” table but hopefully the couple seats them with either people they know or people they think the guests would get along with. That’s really the only down fall. The upside is everyone has a place and doesn’t have to find enough seats for everyone they WANT to sit with. If it’s a family, parents and youngerish kids they don’t have to split up or displace anyone who is already sitting. Also, it’s curtesy to the event staff especially if it’s a plated meal; they know which meal goes where. And it double checks your head count making sure you have enough space for your everyone who RSVPed.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I am all for table assignment
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  • Kasyah
    Devoted July 2020
    Kasyah ·
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    Depends on the size of the wedding. More times than not it's a good idea to have one.
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  • Ashley
    Devoted July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    We will be doing table assignments. It just makes sense so that we can avoid empty spaces and maximize the area we do have.

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  • Samantha
    Savvy October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    Not necessary depending on how many guests you plan on having, the relationships each family has, or if something you feel you can skip. We will be having one because there are people in my family who I want to be there but know they don't along with other family members.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    I'm doing assigned tables. I think they are necessary plus it will be less chaotic.

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  • Meagan
    Dedicated July 2021
    Meagan ·
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    This is necessary for me.
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  • Amanda
    Savvy July 2021
    Amanda ·
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    Totally Necessary!!! My sister didn't have one and it was insanity trying to get everyone situated prior to the wedding party being announced...and then people were moving chairs around making a mess of the hall and others uncomfortable cramming into tables...

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  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
    Brianna N ·
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    Yes, so necessary! It would've been chaos at our wedding without one. We did table assignments, not seats, and it worked perfectly!

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  • Jacquelene
    Dedicated October 2021
    Jacquelene ·
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    Very, very necessary!!!
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