Q: I want my rehearsal dinner to be casual. Do I need to assign seating?
A: Yes! If you are planning anything other than a free-seating picnic on the lawn or cocktail party, I would highly recommend assigning seating for your rehearsal dinner. Reason being: guests like to feel like they have a seat reserved. We’ve all attended events where people rush into the room and prop the chairs up against the table to save their spot, right? Not only does it ruin the decor you have worked so hard on, but it creates anxious energy. Save your guests and yourself the stress and worry that you won’t have a seat, and assign them. You do not have to specifically assign each chair, just simply designate a table. This creates an informality where guests can still choose their specific seat but they feel more at ease that they have been kindly thought of, and their attendance has been reserved.
I do recommend assigning the bride & groom specific seats. Your guests will want to see your smiling faces. So make sure to pick a primo spot!
I was excited to see this tip highlighted in Daily Candy Weddings since this can often be overlooked.