Hmm, I wonder if this is a regional thing?? I've been to
over a dozen weddings and receptions here in West Michigan,
and I've never been to one with assigned seating.
Some of these weddings only had about 100 people, a few had
over 400. I think most people want to sit with friends and
family. The most recent wedding I went to was for a coworker.
All of us co-workers sat together at the wedding and at the
reception. It would have been really weird to be seated
with people I didn't know.
I guess if the person doing the assigning grouped people
together with others they knew, it would probably be ok.
+I guess if the person doing the assigning grouped people
together with others they knew, it would probably be ok.+
That's the point.
My issue is when there isn't assigned seating and people rush to get chairs and I'm stuck with NO ONE I know and my husband can't even get a chair and/or there just flat out is NOT enough seating - through poor planning or just ignorance.
With having assigned tables, this is not an issue because you have a # of people to each table.
Also, in the case of my venue - we paid based on how many seats we had.
And, as someone who has catered - if it's a sit down dinner with different options being served - it's a Cluster Screw up when seating is not assigned. Food doesn't go out how it's supposed to, etc. And we get in trouble when it's just bad planning on the part of the bride/groom.