Yesterday, we talked about the main types of seating for brides and grooms at the wedding. Today, we are reviewing the types of seating for guests at a wedding.
Three main options for guest seating styles:
- Open seating – Open seating at events means there are no table or seat assignments. A guest enters the reception room and chooses a seat at any table. If your clients choose to have open seating, suggest having at least one extra table for every 100 guests or at least 4-6 extra place settings (per 100 guests) than their expected guest count. This allows the last guests who enter the reception room to find seats together and avoid any awkwardness.
- Assigned tables – Many couples have assigned tables for their guests. The bride and groom create a seating chart or provide escort cards which assign a specific table for guests to sit at. For example, a seating chart would have the name of each guest with a table name or number listed next to the guest’s name. The guest would go to that particular table number and choose a seat. As a wedding and event planner, it would be difficult for us to assign guest tables or seats since we don’t know the relationship our clients have with the guests.
- Assigned seats – In addition to assigned tables, some events may have assigned seats at each table. Once the guest arrives at the correct table listed on the seating chart or on their escort card, each seat or place setting may have a place card with a guest name dictating the specific seat for each guest. If guests have chosen a specific dinner entrée on their RSVP card, the entrée choice is often shown on the place card with a small icon or specific color of font. The catering staff uses this information to serve the correct dinner choice to guests.