Post # 1
Early on in my wedding planning, I decided to purcahse these mini picture frames that will serve as a place card and a favor. They have a card inside the frame that gives a line for a name and a table number. I fell in love with them because they match my beach theme and center peices. http://www.theweddingoutlet.com/Wedding-Themes/Beach-Wedding/Shell-Placecard-Holder
Each table will have a beach themed table number and I’m creating a seating chart with names and table numbers so everyone will know where to sit. I plan on putting it in a picture frame and setting it on the same table where the guest book is (right where guests enter the reception).
My fiance made the comment last night that he agrees with the table numbers but that everyone should be able to sit where they want at their designated table. I agree with him but how can I let guests know this when there will be a placecard with their name at a certain seat? I don’t care if they move seats, but how do we let them know this is okay? Would it be tacky to have the DJ announce this?
Do you think assigned seating is bad? Do you think mini frames are a lousy favor? I’m going to put each guests name (typed), table number and a little message that says something like “thank you for joining us on this special day.” I just hope they know to take them home. Would it be tacky to add something like this to the message “Please keep this gift as a momento?”
Post # 3
Rather than putting the frames on the tables with one at each seat… just put them all in alphabetical order in a table near the entrance to the room. Use them as escort cards and eliminate the seating chart. Each frame should have a piece of paper with the person’s name and their table number. That way they know where to go, but once they get there they can pick whichever seat they want. And don’t worry about writing that people can keep the frames, they will know that.
Post # 4
Moose1209 said exactly what I was about to say! Use the frames as escort cards instead of placecards and ditch the seating chart.
Post # 5
Agreed. Put them all together on the guest book table.
Post # 6
@Moose1209: Agreed! Perfect solution.
Post # 7
Thanks for the back up friends : )
Post # 8
I did exactly what you are doing. Yes assign specific seating for the wedding party table so that you dont have none wedding party sitting at it. I wish I could change the fact that i spent so MUCH TIME on the place cards and putting them at the exact seats I wanted them at. Some people didnt show and it looked funny with a place card and momento there for them. Many of my guest moved themselves and it took them a long time to find where they are to be sitting because the family member i assigned to that dutie didnt do her job she hung out in the bar and gossiped. The best advice i have is to only assign specific seating for wedding party table. make the card/momento and put them on an entry table with someone there helping them find there name and explain to sit where ever they are comfortable except this table #1 which is the wedding party table. More advice: Assign more then one person to that duty and make sure they show people where your guest book is and where they need to sign!! my book barely got signed because again my person in charge was at the bar. Not to mention there are areas in the book that like the maid of honor fill out and none of that got signed or filled out. sorry its long i just want to help others not make the same mistakes i made. congrats and good luck