Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm marrying my Nigerian/Scottish prince soon! We want to combine caribbean/scottish/african culture in our wedding. The wedding is in England. I was born in England and FI has lived here since he was 16.
Now, the current big issue for us is seating plan. My mother said we shouldn't have one because the guest list is soooo big and it would be too difficult to put together. We are having about 400 people. My family is used to sitting themselves at big events without a plan, but FI is unsure.
I thought reserving a table for the WP would be enough and allowing all the families/friends to sit themselves. We are having the wedding/reception in the same room at our banqueting suite. The guests will be watching our ceremony 'dinner-theatre' style. The room is really big and there is a enough space for a dance-floor, dj and cocktail hour in the back section of the room.
I hate gaps and this is a good idea for us budget and comfort wise.
Have you guys seen open seating done well? How would you react if you went to a wedding without a seating plan?