How much seating should you provide during a cocktail reception?

I get this question a lot and it’s important that you provide the correct amount of seating for your guests during a cocktail reception. Remember you want to provide some seating because you will always have the guests that need to take a seat such as elderly, pregnant gals or the guest that wants to rest for a bit. As a rule of thumb, always provide seating for 20 % to 30% of your guest count for a cocktail reception. If you provide more seating than this then your guests will think you didn’t account for them properly.

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