So the 2nd part of my question involves if we DO assign tables, obviously we have to decide who sits where, and it's not always clear. Okay, so some people are clear (like parents/siblings/etc)....but what about when there is an odd number of people...do you leave a chair empty? or what about mixing up the "groups"--like instead of sitting all my work people together because they all work together, is it better to mix it up a little if I think people's personalities mix better--like at a table of 8, do 4 people from work and 4 people from school if I know they have something else in common--like, they all run, or all are Sox fans or something?
I know I am totally overthinking this, and will probably end up just throwing people together how they fit, but I guess I'm interested in what other people did (bc I've been to weddings with all different seating situations).
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