My daughter's fiancee has gotten it into his head that, although 120 people are being invited to the wedding, there should only be about half that amount of seating at dinner. They are having a buffet dinner plus open bar. Someone told him that this is the newest trend and so far he is not budging. They are getting married at a upscale golf club. Anyone ever been to a wedding that didn't have seating for all the guests during dinner?
There has been a lot of discussions on here about how many seats are required, and I think there should be seats for everyone. Ask him how he would like to attend a dinner and by the time he arrives, all the seats are taken.
The next time your daughter and her fh have a meeting with the golf course, tell your daughter to bring this up to their planner. I assume this is something that the GC wouldn't allow, as it is very poor ettiquette and would go back to them, and if they want to hold a good reputation, they would make certain there is enough seating for everyone. I had my reception at a GC as well, and I remember they were telling me that they used to let people bring their own chair covers until one couple did that, but didnt bring enough so there were chairs with covers and chairs with out, making the room look very poorly put together. They were upset because of how that reflected on them, so from that point on people weren't allowed to bring there own. So remember, the reception places have reps. that they need to uphold as well.