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#1 SgtPepperette

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    Posted 21 September 2009 - 11:11 AM

    So we have 20 people coming, and we are trying to figure out seating arrangement. We were going to have 3 round tables that seat 6-8 people each. We figured since its a low number of people we wouldnt have to do seating arrangements.

    Than when we looked at the guest list we realized people are probably going to sit in cliques. One table will be my FI dads family, the other table will be my FI mom family, and than the other table will be a mixture of my family and friends.

    I really want everyone to interact so not sure if thats such a good idea. Than we thought were would we sit.....we didnt want to pick a table to sit at. Than thought we could get a separate table and have that in the middle of everyone.

    Than we thought renting one long table might be an option....

    What did you do?

    #2 GracieBebe

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      Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:10 PM

      We had 27 people including us. We had us, my mom and sister and Hubby's mom and her b/f at our head table/sweetheart's table. We had everyone else sit at 1 giant long table together. It worked out really well and since everyone got to get to know each other beforehand during the earlier part of the week. :-) Hope that helps!
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      #3 ChelseaRose

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        Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:20 PM

        We are inviting 60 guests, but only expect to have about 40 or so. We will have a head table, and round tables for everyone else. We are not having table arrangements, I just want everyone to choose where they get to sit so they feel comfortable and have a good time. I'm also counting on everyone getting to know each other during the week before the wedding down in Mexico!

        #4 blumenthale

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          Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:04 PM

          I think you can assign seats if you want.

          #5 budgetjamaicabride

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            Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

            I have found that people crave structure. I went to a small wedding without seating assignments and it was hard because people we saving seats like they were 7 years old. I want to create a simple seating assignment but I don't even know how many tables I will have because my WC is horrible about answering questions.

            #6 CarlyChristine

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              Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:11 PM

              I wouldn't assign people from separate "cliques" at the same table in too obvious of a way. I understand you want everyone to mingle, but you don't want a silent reception or upset guests that act like children when they don't get to sit where they want.

              #7 jh17

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                Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:45 PM

                We will have 30 ppl at our reception. We are planning to have a head table with bride/groom/bridesmaids/groomsmen (total of 6), a table with my and my FI's parents and our siblings and then the other 3 tables will mix up the rest of the guests. I am the same way-I want everyone to mingle so we are having assigned seating and I am putting people together who I think will really get along (for example, I think my uncle and ony of my FI's friends will get along great although they have never met so I am sitting them at a table together). Of course if something happens in the days leading up to the wedding I will switch the seating before the reception.

                #8 NewYorkie

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                  Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:16 PM

                  I think a long table option would work out well. You and your husband can sit in the middle so you can have full view and interact with everyone. This way everyone could interact with eachother. I feel it would be more intimate and engaging having everyone together.

                  #9 SusieQ

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                    Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:03 PM

                    We are going to have about 20-25, our WC suggested we do assigned seating she said it just makes it easier. especially if you know you have family or friend that doesn't do well with moving around to see, you can place them in a comfortable spot so they can see whats happening. I also "god love my brother" I don't want him telling my FMIL a dirty joke or something... He has no social filter...

                    #10 Flasong

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                      Posted 23 September 2009 - 12:55 PM

                      We are only having about 20 people so I wasn't gonna do seating arrangements but now I am second guesing myself.

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