- Decorations for buffet tables
- A person to man the guestbook
- A dance floor
- Assigned seating
The other thing that’s recently come up is the idea of assigned seating. I think (and have always thought) assigned seating at weddings is stupid unless you’re having a plated meal where there are multiple entree options. (If that’s the case, I imagine it would be difficult for wait staff to know what meal goes where!)
I’ve never had a positive experience when I’ve been assigned a seat a a reception. The most memorable time was at wedding a couple of years ago: Johnny and I were seating at a table of other 20-something people, presumably because we’d have things to chat with them about. Two people spent the entire reception engaged in an extremely uninteresting conversation about starting a food truck (“Did you know you have to like, get a food handler’s permit? Bummer!”), while another guy gave us the cold shoulder after Johnny made a joke the guy found unfunny.
I’d much rather let people sort things out for themselves; how do I know who they want to sit with? As an example, let’s take my youngest uncle. He has a wife and a son; his son is around the same age as my oldest cousin’s daughter. Would my uncle prefer to sit at a table with my cousin and her family so their kids can hang out? Would he prefer to sit with my mom (his sister) and their brother? Would my cousin rather sit with her parents and brother? I have no idea.
My feelings are that less is more with this whole wedding; if people can’t sort out a place to sit or contain their dancing urges, they have greater problems than I can address!
What do y’all think? Have you had to find your own seat at a wedding? Was it terrible? Are you still able to function as a human being? Do weddings bring out your inner break dancer?