Do you need to have a seating plan for the evening reception? My h2b says yes, I’m not sure.
It's up to you really. We have decided not to have a seating plan at all.
I used to be a wedding coordinator and I would always recommend doing a table plan, even if you are having a buffet. I have seen weddings we’re there has been no table plan and it takes guests about 45 minutes to find a seat and you can get into situations where some guests are sitting at a table with no one they know which is really awkward for them. It also helps the catering staff locate any people with dietary requirements. Some people have opted to do a plan where they assign everyone to a table but they can chose where they sit at that table, that can work quite well
No, we didn't, 120 guests and everyone found a seat fine! My husband didn't want one as he said it would feel too formal. I was unsure if it would work, but it was brilliant. We didn't want to be able to divide the room into "my half, his half" and it was just an enormous group of people (all who had somewhere to sit and eat with the people they knew) there to celebrate with us. As long as you have enough seats its fine!
When I think of the evening at weddings it’s open and easy going.. everyone seats where they like. Most people are dancing or at the bar. But each to their own! It’s your day so your and htb decisions!
Wedding breakfast yes, reception no
It's up to you, if you don't do a table plan, I would recommend to plan a few seats extra so there is no awkwardness or splitting up people if there are only single seats available.
I have been to more weddings than I can count and never been to one where there was a seating plan for the evening. People tend to mingle and if they are not dancing they are at at the bar.