Is It Ever Okay for Guests to Change Seats or Tables at a Wedding Reception?
Playing musical chairs is acceptable in a kindergarten classroom, but not at a wedding.
Most people can tell you about the time they were stuck at an awful reception table. Maybe they were seated with a bunch of strangers who kept to themselves and would only talk to each other, or perhaps they were assigned to a seat near the deafening speakers, noisy kitchen, or busy restrooms. No one would dispute those were the worst seats in the house, but does that fact give a guest the right to join another table with better real estate or guests? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Here's why you should stay put at a wedding reception.
Creating a seating chart is a big undertaking.
The bride and groom have to take into account feuding family members, ex-couples and their current partners, single guests without a plus-one, and more. They've probably had a few fights with each other and their respective families while figuring things out. Respect their decision and stay at your assigned seat.
You're making extra work for the catering staff.
When a guest switches tables, they don't often head to an unoccupied seat that happens to be available. Instead, they try to cram another seat into an already maxed-out table. At a seated dinner, the wait staff will need to move the guest's dishes, glasses, and flatware from the original spot to the new one.
You can spend the night on the move.
If you're disappointed with your table or seat assignment, there's a way to make things better once the meal is over: showing off your best moves on the dance floor and staying there the rest of the night! You'll only be sitting for a very small portion of the evening, so it's best to stay put.