Great discussion going on over at the Weddingbee boards: to assign or not assign seats?
This has been an ongoing conversation in my mind and with my mother, and I have to agree with many of the people who are for it. It creates more work, but also adds another way to incorporate the colors and them into the reception site.
I am leaning more and more towards assigned tables, but unassigned seats. I want to be sure our families are able to sit together because I am planning a group photograph of my mother's entire family immediately following the wedding. My mother has six brothers and sisters and we haven't taken a professional photo since one of my older cousins was married six or seven years ago. My cousins are beginning to have children of their own and I want to document the occasion with a photo of us all. I know it will take some time and wrangling and I want to be sure they still sit near us at the reception. I think the best way to ensure this is to assign tables.
My reception venue (a hotel) wants us to have someone at the door to make sure people can find their correct table. With a giant chalkboard like in the wedding featured in New York magazine's Winter 2007 wedding issue, how could they miss it?
Image © New York magazine, photography by Shawn Connel for Christian Oth.