Should you allow open seating, assign your guests to certain tables or even to specific seats at your wedding reception? This is a question I have found to be somewhat challenging to some of the couples I've worked with.
There are pros and cons to whichever choice you make. Some couples want to leave that decision to their guests so they can sit with whomever they choose. But, sometimes that backfires when there are not enough chairs for every family/couple to sit together.
Assigned tables are nice because then you can ensure that couples and families sit together and there aren't random chairs left empty. But, some guests don't appreciate having to sit with strangers..... and will let you know about it!
Assigned seats, on the other hand, allows you to keep control of who your guests sit with. This allows you to keep relatives or friends who don't get along away from each other. In the long run, this can serve to reduce any unnecessary conflict that might ruin the big day! But, it is a lot of work to assign every single guest to a specific seat.There's no real right or wrong way to do it, just so you make the right decision for the people you are inviting to your celebration.