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Pros and Cons of Assigned Seating at Your Wedding

Some couples like the idea of assigned seating while others don't want to bother with the logistics of it all. Whatever your reasons are for having assigned seating at your wedding or not is totally up to you. We'd like to share some of the Pros and Cons of Assigned Seating at Your Wedding that we think are worth mentioning in preparation for your wedding day.

Pros and Cons of Assigned Seating at Your Wedding - Photographer: Nicee Martin


1. Organization on Your Wedding Day

The first thing we want to mention in our Pros and Cons of Assigned Seating at Your Wedding is that having assigned seating allows you to have a more organized wedding day experience. All of your guests are aware of their seating arrangements and depending on how you present the seating chart they know who will be seated at the table with them. Your wedding planner can assist you with making the seating arrangements for your guests.

2. Guests Will Be Seated With Who They Came With

One of the good things about having assigned seating at your wedding is that it allows the guests to sit with whomever they came with. We've seen it time and time and again where guests complain about being seated at a different table and separated from their friends or family members. To ensure that your guests are happy and if you can accommodate them, having assigned seating is the sure way to go.

3. Adds Logistics and Decor Elements

Choosing to have assigned seating at your wedding allows you to control the logistics of who sits where and also allows you to provide additional decor elements. Fancy place cards that are personalized for your guests allow you to add a touch of elegance to your wedding day decor. You get to show off your creative side to your guests.


1. No Arrangements for Guests That Failed to RSVP

Just like everything else, there is an upside and a downside when it comes to the Pros and Cons of Having Assigned Seating at Your Wedding. When you choose to have assigned seating, there is no "wiggle room" for guests who failed to RSVP or those who didn't get their RSVP back to you on time and were subsequently left off the guest list.

2. Increased Stress

Let's face it, seating charts may seem to be a small factor when it comes to everything else that goes into planning a wedding. However, trying to decide who you should place at a table together at the venue can be cumbersome and time-consuming especially if you are having a large wedding. You have to figure out every single spot on the seating chart. Not to mention you have to figure out which guests not to sit near one another because they may not get along. This can create added stress which you want to avoid.

3. Guests Don't Like Their Seating Arrangements

Although you may try your best to accommodate your guests and their seating arrangements, there may be a guest or two who is unhappy with their seat. Some may feel that they should be closer to the bride and groom and be offended by their seating arrangements. Be sure to have your wedding planner address any issue that may arise.

If you would like to learn more about the Pros and Cons of Assigned Seating at Your Wedding, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.



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