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Savvy November 2021

Seating arrangements

on September 14, 2021 at 8:34 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 8
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My reception is laid out as shown on my drawing. I’m trying to figure out if I should strategically place people that will get up and dance at the blue tables or the purple areas.


If there are people sitting in the blue zone, it might make it feel less of an open space if you’re on the dance floor, making you want To go dance.
On the other hand, sitting in the blue is like a front row seat to watch anyone on the dance floor being an idiot.. I have some family members who might be very sober and judgy.
Or should I try to make it a mixture so that some are full and some are empty in both blue and purple?
I’m probably over thinking it but once I thought about this I couldn’t come to a conclusion. Seating arrangements 1
Opinions??

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Latest activity by Rosie, on September 15, 2021 at 7:33 PM
  • Jessyca
    Dedicated September 2021
    Jessyca ·
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    I think you may be overthinking it a bit.

    The way I decided who to place where is based entirely on who we feel closest to and who was a guess of which parent (they paid, they got a say). For example, my close friends are sitting closest to our sweetheart table on one side and his close friends are sitting on the other side, with our parents tables in the front row surrounding the dance floor and their friends behind /around them.

    TLDR: surround yourself with the most important people to you and don't worry how the tables will look once the dancing begins

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  • Rosie
    Rockstar February 2022
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    Hmm, that's an interesting question.

    I will start by saying that it didn't matter so much to us about the dance floor since here in Australia, there's been on and off restrictions on weddings where only 20 people from the bridal party can dance at all, and a list with their names must be provided in advance. They wear a wrist band.

    So making the seating chart based on me trying to determine how they might or might not behave on the night didn't make sense.

    Where in this layout will you be seated? I think this would help determine an answer for me...

    For eg, we have big long tables in an E shape, with the bridal table along the back of the E, and the dance floor to to the right of the E, so the people on the ends of the tables and closest to the dance floor are the ones that are farthest from us. I didn't think about whether they would be sitting and observing the dance floor, we chose their seating based on how distant their connection to us was.

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  • C
    Master January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    I think you’re over thinking it. You might be surprised by who gets up to dance. I know I was at my wedding.
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  • Janae
    Devoted September 2021
    Janae ·
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    I completely agree with this!

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  • Samantha
    Devoted May 2022
    Samantha ·
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    Oh my goodness, how awkward for all involved that only some people get to dance!

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  • L
    Savvy November 2021
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    Ok I knew I was over thinking it but thx for feed back. Time to go over think something else
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    We did older guests and closest family closest to the dance floor— easier for them to get a good view of the spotlight dances etc.
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  • Rosie
    Rockstar February 2022
    Rosie ·
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    Legit. At that time, you were also not able to stand and chat with a beverage (our famous 'vertical drinking' restrictions!) - you must sit. You could switch tables with another person, but the majority must be seated at all times, with the exception of the 20. The two weddings I went to with these restrictions in place, I was related to the bride and groom either by blood or by marriage, so I was one of the lucky 20. As you can imagine though, there's a level of obligation to dance the whole time! Much of it depended on the severity of the venue too, who risk major fines if they don't properly police the restrictions.

    We are hoping these restrictions are relaxed for our wedding in Feb, but we'll have been engaged for 2 years at that point and neither of us really want to wait any longer just for dancing.

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