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We are having a non-traditional reception, ie heavy hor'douerves (sp?) and a carving station. FI wants everyone to mingle all night and not sit at tables, I find this unlikely but I'll let him have his dreams. Having said that I still want to make certain that there is enough seating for everyone because I know some folks will prefer to sit. So, I'm thinking I still need place cards, the question is, do I do an actual seating chart and assign the seats that people can take should they wish. Or, should I just provide the name cards and let people pick their seats? (this is assuming they ever sit).
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    dgrace79dgrace79 member
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    edited December 2011
    How about just setting up tables and let the ones who want to sit down do that. I wouldnt even do place cards or anything. (If I understand you correctly about what kind of reception your having). If you do want to do the place cards, I still would not assign seats. You seem like you want it pretty laid back and relaxed. Good Luck!
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    edited December 2011
    Hi Orienae, I second that, I'd suggest just setting up tables and letting who wants to sit, sit where they want.  I think it goes along better with your non-traditional feel and gives people the freedom to mingle and sit with who they want! 
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    edited December 2011
    This is what I suggest.  Based on what you want to do I would due a posterboard seating chart.  Just a sheet of paper with the table number on the top and a list of your guests that will be seated at that particular table.  I feel that there is no need for personalized escort cards or seating arrangments, just the people you want to group together (ie. smith family 4 and jones family 6 at table 5) That way people know who they will sit with (if they do) and not have the "oh i don't know them and I don't want to sit with them" attitude. 
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    edited December 2011
    Like this! Organized but Casual
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    edited December 2011
    Ok- so for me this begs another question, should I reserve a table for family/VIPs for the cake cutting/toast portion of the evening? It is the only time that I really want people to gather at a specific time and I intend on sitting then :), and ideally I would think that the family and bridal party should have someplace to sit near my table, as opposed to the long lost cousin on FI's side that he hasn't seen in many years :) (we actually do have this guest coming, and FI is really excited about it so this wouldn't actually be a bad thing).
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    edited December 2011
    I don't want to tell people where to sit, just provide them with cards that they can take to their table to reserve a seat should they want to. For example, you can put your escort card on a table in the corner with your co-workers, and that way you can leave your drink there without wondering if someone would sit there while your gone. More like reserving your table/seat! All your own choice. Does this make any sense??
    Lilypie Premature Baby tickers Trying to Conceive Ticker
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    edited December 2011
    We had a reception very similar to yours, and this is what we did.  We did not assign seating in general.  But we did have three "VIP" tables that were in prime spots.  I made little signs to hang on their chairs that said "Mother of the Bride" "Father of the Groom" etc.  We did not have a table, or anywhere to sit.  I didn't sit, or eat, all night (save a few bites of apps that the caterer saved for us).  But even in retrospect I don't know where I would have put us.  i mean, if we wanted ot sit, there were tons of options, we were just to busy mingling with our guests.  If you have any questions about how our night went - as far as this style and how the guests responded, feel free to email me - I'd be happy to share. my email is desiree.tobin at gmail dot com
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks! I might take you up on that offer!
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