We are doing it just to be more organized and making sure all our guests get to be seated by their close friends and family and not scattered around! Also both sets of our parents are divorced so we want to assign seating instead of all the parents trying to sit right next to us 😂 we will be doing escort cards so assigned tables not specific seats, which is definitely easier in my opinion. Also, we will only be having a certain number of tables so it is important that we use the space efficiently and not have 1 or 2 empty seats scattered around
We are doing one. It’s much easier and more convenient for guests. It’s also more cost effective since, on average, you’ll need to provide 20% more tables, chairs, place settings, etc. if you choose not to do a seating chart.
We did one for several reasons. We wanted certain people to sit together who only knew a few people, we didn’t want to have extra tables, we wanted certain family members closer to the front and others in the back, and we wanted things to run smoothly and not have couples separated, etc.
We also did assigned tables with escort cards. If you choose to do open seating, definitely look into reserving some tables for immediate family. That was the regret of one of our friends on their wedding day. The groom's family came inside from cocktail hour after the larger crowd and found themselves at a far corner away from the bride and groom. 😟
We're not doing one. They're adults and can find a seat/sit with whoever they want to. Everyone knows everyone so no worries of anyone sitting with someone they don't know and there are plenty of seats for everyone.
Originally I hadn’t planned in doing one, but after hearing so many people who hadn’t done one tell me they regretted it and it created chaos at the reception, now we are definitely doing a seating chart!!
We are skipping the whole seating chart thing! Too much stress & politics haha. What we ARE doing though is reserving two tables near our sweetheart table - one for the bridal party, one for immediate family (mom, dad, grandparents, siblings).
We plan to have a sign that says "sit wherever your heart desires"
Our coordinator was kind of against it because she said it sometimes causes chaos for the guests because they don't know where to go. I would say, just know your crowd. Like for us we're confident our families will figure it out, plus my FH's family just kinda does what they want lol so I think they'll enjoy open seating.
We decided down to the wire to do one. after looking at our guest list we realized a lot of our people don’t know each other and we wanted it to be a warm and welcoming environment and a seating chart gave us the opportunity to place people with other people that we thought would do well together!
I skipped it because 90% of our guest list is coworkers from three different units (2 female maximum security prisons, 1 male maximum security) and 10% close family members. We're did buy reserved seating cards for the tables where our family will be seated.
I’ve only been to one wedding without assigned tables. They had two tables reserved for their wedding party and parents- it was clearly on the table. My fh watched three different groups of people sit at those tables and make themselves comfy, until a venue person came and they had to move, we were too far away to mention anything. It was a bit chaotic. Then the last group had to split up because there weren’t enough seats at any given table. This all happened before the b&g entered so they have no idea- which I’m glad but it seemed a little crazy. So I’m definitely assigning tables plus my venue wants to know the list of who’s getting which meal.
We are doing one, I have had several friends in the past that tried to have it where it was open idea, but most of the time, family wants to be with their own family, friends aren't afraid to mingle and walk around. Some of our family will be intertwined and for the most part they will not. It is hard to make a chart that is for certain (and I am making a draft of one now, even though I wont be making a final till like September of next year, I know I am getting WAY ahead of myself!)