Post # 1
I know most people use the traditional escort cards – individual cards for each guest with their assigned table number. Has anyone used table seating charts – guests listed alphabetically with their assigned table (on a decorative paper, in a frame, or an easel)? We are thinking about opting for this instead, and I wanted to find some pics for inspiration or success stories. Thanks so much for the help!
Post # 3
I don’t have any inspirational pictures for you, but I know people have done it. If you are having a large guest list or more than say, 30 people, I would probably recommend having several charts so all of your guests aren’t fighting to see where they’re sitting, and then more inside the room, so that your older (or forgetful) guests don’t "forget" what table they are seated at, by the time they get there!
Post # 4
I deleted my file, and don’t have any photos….but we used a chart. I just typed it up in publisher. listed everyon’e names alphabetically, table names next to their names. NOthing special. we had it printed as I think 16×20, framed it, and had it on an easel. I always find those escort cards annoying. I thought this was much easier.
Post # 5
There are a couple on TheKnot:
I will be doing a chart for my wedding becase:
-You can make it map-like and give guests a better idea of where their table actually is
-I think it will save on paper and effort and be a bit greener than a hundred escort cards
-Instant keepsake and reminder of everyone who was there on the big day!
Post # 6
this woman makes them, if you go to her portfolio and select seating charts you can get ideas. also she’s very good at responding to emails so you can contact her as well – http://www.gourmetinvitations.com/
this bride created her own and it was beautiful. she said it was a lot of work but it may be worth it to email her for DIY instructions – http://chimonique.googlepages.com/chimoniqueplanningbio
Post # 7
I used a seating chart because I never loved the idea of escort cards. I loved the way it came out. Everyone I talked to seemed to like it, but I wasn’t there when people were coming in so I don’t know for sure. Our venue had a beautiful gold easel to place it on. It was 20" by 30" and we had 150 guests. I cheated a lot and put Mr. and Mrs. as well as "and guest" just because a lot of the people were my parents friends and I didn’t know all of there names. I did it in publisher and would be happy to send you the file. Feel free to use it. The only change I would recommend is the background coloring. I did a fading shade, I would just shade the whole thing. Anyone else who would like it feel free to pm me. The names are changed to protect the innocent." mce_src="" alt="Seating Chart" border="" hspace="" vspace="" width="" height="" align="" />
Post # 8
Wow, that’s really pretty, Candi1024! Well Done!
Post # 9
For Philly area, I usually work with http://www.bdreceptionseatingcharts.com/. Because it’s a side business, she charges a lot less than other places in the area.
Post # 10
I’m doing a board, but a little different. It will simply have the names of the table, followed by whos at it..
Each table will have it’s one card – and the cards will be attached to a larger board so they are all toghter and easy to read.
I’m trying to find a a picture – but it’s hiding from me.
Post # 11
Candi1024, That looks great! I never saw a seating chart like that, but I love it!
Post # 12
this is exactly what i have been looking for!!! Could you please send me the template. I’m not very computer savy so I’m hoping that i will get it done.
Post # 13
I’m with Sweeney on this one, that’s how it’s done here.
I think the escort cards are cute if you’re incorporating them into favors in some fashion, but tbh it seems tough to have everyone stood over a table looking for their name. Specially if there are 160 of them!
A good big clear chart, table names, vaguely map-ish, with all the relevant names on/beside each table.
Post # 14
We’re doing a seating chart. Our dinner will be outside, so we didn’t want to have cards blowing all over the place and thought a chart would be easiest to set-up and is wind-proof.
Post # 15
We’ll be using a seating chart so that people can have more freedom in where they sit and I don’t have to make a ton of place cards 🙂
Post # 16
@Candi1024: I would love for you to send me the template