Why 8 In 10 Guests Prefer Assigned Seating
Shouldn’t you just let guests choose where to sit?
A YouGov survey found 51% of wedding guests preferred being given a specific seat, 33% wanted to be assigned to a table where they could choose their seat, while 13% were happy with sitting wherever.
For guests aged over 50, a whopping 92% wanted assigned seating which suggests the vast majority of them would be very upset if you made it "free choice".
Whether you're planning a wedding or a corporate event here's why you should consider working out your guest seating plan:
- There may be a rush for the ‘good’ seats ie near the wedding couple or VIP guests
- It will take a lot longer to get guests seated. They may still be milling about while the food is being served.
- The last few guests end up walking around looking for seats, a bit like the unpopular schoolkid at lunchime.
- Couples may stick together or get split up - when you don't want them to
- Elderly guests may end up seated where they can’t hear or see anything.
- If people turn up uninvited, they may take seats intended for your invited guests
- It's a more popular arrangement for guests - plus they appreciate your effort
- It makes it much easier for waiting staff to deliver meals (think: dietary requirements, children's meals) to specific guests
- You can ensure that speakers and VIP guests are seated in the most appropriate seats
- It's a good opportunity for you to do some matchmaking for your single guests!
- Avoid mixing age groups too much. Seat young children with their parents. Older children can be seated with their parents, or on a table together.
- Try to put families together and put work colleagues together.
- If you know people don't get on, try to seat them at separate tables. This is not the time to force a reconciliation.
- Try to create balanced tables, with even numbers of males and females.