Post # 1
I have decided to have my ceremony and reception in the same location. Literally, they will both be in the same place. As such, the tables people will be seated at for the reception will also be where they will sit for the ceremony.
Before I decided this, I only had only chosen escort cards (which happen to be doubling as favors) which would guide people to the appropriate table. But now people will be seated at the tables for the ceremony as well, so should I have place cards on the tables indicating exactly where people should sit? I would like to make sure my grandmother can see properly, and that my friends who have small babies have easy exit access (for changings and feedings and such) and there definitely are certain people I need to ensure are not anywhere near other certain people. But is is too much to tell people where to sit? I wonder if it will come across as too bossy.
Post # 3
I would generally avoid place cards unless the number of guests is very small. Since you already have table assignments for each person, the group of people within each table(8-10, I’m guessing) should be able to work out among themselves. Assming they’re all mature and considerate people, it should be common sense that elderly people and people with small children should have priority in choosing the seats of their choice. However, if you feel that there should be more instruction, you can just spread by words of mouth to the guests who are sharing tables with the elderly or those with small children to let them have priority. Another option is to give 1-2 persons usher duty specifically leading the elderly and those with small children to the appropriate seats.
Post # 4
I think telling them which table is more than enough. People can sort out where they’re sitting at the table itself.
Although my cousin got married in the scenario you’re describing and she had placecards at our spots which we sat at starting at the ceremony on through dinner. Really it worked out fine. I didn’t feel too bossed around. Good luck!
Post # 5
Neat idea for the ceremony and reception at the same place. I hadn’t heard that one. I think its really cool.
I think you should be fine without place cards. People just need a general direction of where to be seated. They can figure out which seat when they get to the table.