Wedding Venue Planning: Pros and Cons of Assigned Seating

Imagine this: you’re in a wedding where you don’t know anyone except the bride and groom. Then, the reception time came. You walked into the venue, can’t see any familiar face in the crowd, you don’t know where to sit and have no one to talk to. By that time, you probably feel annoyed, invisible, and plan to leave early. Whether you’re having a formal or casual affair, not planning a seating arrangement will make your guests feel the same way, too. If you’re still unsure about having your wedding seats pre-assigned, knowing the pros and cons of assigned wedding seating may help you handle your guests better.

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Photo by Renatus Photography

The Pros

1. Organized Audience
Assigned seating doesn’t only address each guest’s seating requirements, but as well as provide an overall sense of organization. When having open-seating, many people move around in the limited space of your venue, without definite direction, can result into a very chaotic scene. If, instead, guests walk in, pick up their place cards and proceed to their assigned places, you’ll be surprised at how orderly everything can be. Guests who are less troubles with their seats and happy with whom they are seated with re more likely to enjoy the event.

2. Everyone Is Taken Care Of
One best thing that assigned seating guarantees to you is that it’s easier to take care of everyone, especially those people who sent their RSVPs back to you. Yu get to prepare a special sit for each and every one of your guests, no one is left standing and feeling outcast. By time you’ll be announced as the newlyweds, you’ll be able to confidently greet your guests with genuine smile, knowing that you’ve taken good care of them.

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Photo by Livesnapps

3. Socializing Is Less Worrisome
Assigned seating arrangement allows you to micro-manage the socializing that will be going on at your wedding. By assigning who sits with who at your wedding gives you the power to keep difficult guests away from each other, as well as group close friends and family together. Depending on your preferences, assigning seats can be fun to do with your fiancé.

4. More Formal Vibe
Having your seats pre-assigned will automatically set a more formal mood for you affair. A place card, which is an organizing element, is used to aid guests and enhances the overall aesthetics of your nuptials. Most importantly, you’ve spent months or, perhaps, a year planning this event to perfection; a seating chart is the best way to show your guests how much thought you’ve out into making every wedding detail, including their comfort.

5. Guests Are More Relaxed
As soon as your guests see the place cards with table numbers and their names on it at your banquet venue entrance, many will feel more at ease because making a choice or even just the thought of having to make a choice of seat at your reception has been removed from their duties. They will graciously look for their places and sit where you assigned them to. They won’t have to feel intimidated to search for their place on their own and be seated with people they barely or don’t know at all. A wedding should be a fun and stress-free event. Removing pressure from your guests by pre-assigning their seats can make them feel much more relaxed.

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Photo by Under One Tree

The Cons

1. No Spontaneity
Sometimes, allowing things to happen spontaneously can create more fun and excitement. If you’re in favor of assigned wedding seating, you might lose some of the spontaneity that can be had by leaving your guests to work things out on their own. For some people, keeping everything organized is something like their work. Depending on the majority of your guests, you might be stealing from them the thrill of finding their way to a table.

2. Seating Wrong People Together
What if you guessed it wrong and you’ve grouped together guests who are not in good terms? Though pre-assigning seats can seem ideal to micro-manage guests, this may possibly lead to bad call as well. You can’t assume that you know each of your guests relationships well. There’s a possible risk that at least one situation you’ll guess wrong and land some guests together that would be much better when apart. If this happens, it could ruin your party, and there’s no one else to blame but you.

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Photo by Zonzon Productions

3. The Last Odd Group
One unfortunate side of assigned seating is what happens to those individuals who don’t know anyone else but you and your groom. These people may not belong to any group, yet still are important for you. Oftentimes, these people find themselves placed in the last odd table. No one in the group seems to know anyone and feel very awkward for most of the reception Assigned seating benefits the family, college friends, business associates, but oftentimes not the odd lots.

When you might not need assigned seating:

Intimate setting. If your guests is no more than 50 people and consists primarily of close friends and family members who know each other very well, assigning seats is no longer needed.

No sit down meal. If you intend to serve snacks, desserts, or hors d’oeuvres, you can skip planning for the seats.

Not a typical wedding venue. There are venues that may not be conducive to seating charts. If the venue is composed of multiple rooms and doesn’t have standard table sizes, you can skip assigning guest seats.

When it comes to choosing your wedding seating, bear in mind that no matter what seating type you choose, there will always be a few people who wants it the other way. The question whether assigned seating will work for your wedding or not will be determined according to your preferences and to its pros and cons.

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Photo by Kinici Photo

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