Which Seating Style is Right for your Celebration?

Wedding Etiquette - Seating Style - Taylor'd Events Group

 :: OPEN SEATING ::

BEST FOR Low-Key, Informal Functions
Cocktail Reception with lots of seating, Open House Reception, Stations Style Meal

Positives:

  • Less Work prior to the event

Things to Consider: 

  • Extra 10% of seats so that groups can sit together
  • Hard for any dietary restrictions
  • Important Guests might end up sitting far away or at different tables

Paper Required:

  • NONE REQUIRED
  • (OPTIONAL) MENU – Always nice to provide some sort of signage indicating what you are serving
  • (OPTIONAL) WELCOME SIGN – A welcome sign explaining to your guests that this is a casual affair with open seating is always a nice touch.

:: RESERVED FAMILY SEATING ::

:: BUFFET ::

Best For Casual Wedding Reception

Positives:

  • Less Upfront Work
  • Important Guests have reserved seating [IF you talk to them prior]

Things to Consider:

  • Plan for an extra 5-10% of seats so that large groups can sit together. If you have the exact number of seats groups or families will inevitably have to separate
  • Hard for dietary restrictions
  • Extremely important to tell the important people that they are in fact VIP and should sit at the Reserved Tables. Your guests don’t want to assume one of those seats are for them and you often end up with random open seats at front row tables if you don’t take great care to let those loved ones know that is where you would prefer they sit.

Paper Required:

  • NONE REQUIRED
  • Reserved Table Signs – It is best to print simple signage that can be placed on each reserved table. It can be generic and say “Reserved” or “Reserved for Family” or you can get more specific and write “Reserved for Bride’s Family”.
  • (OPTIONAL) MENU – Always nice to provide some sort of signage indicating what you are serving
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