(Closed) Help: Should I Do a Seating Chart?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should i do a seating plan
    not necessary - adults will figure it out : (6 votes)
    15 %
    not necessary but preferred - guests will feel more comfortable : (8 votes)
    21 %
    if you don't, people will pull chairs from everywhere to sit with larger groups : (18 votes)
    46 %
    you may end up with lonely people at their tables : (7 votes)
    18 %
    only if you think you can pull it off in time - don't stress : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    4 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    If you are worried about seating I would suck it up and create a seating chart. If not you run the risk of couples/groups being split up because there are only scattered seats left. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1094 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I just talked about this on a diff thread, but with that many people, it will be CHAOS without a seating chart.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Make one, trust me. There will be so much less stress on the day of.

    Post # 6
    Member
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Based on your timeline, you might want to just say f it…

    I’m having one because I’ve been to weddings without and I don’t like it. My best friend didn’t have a seating chart at hers but had three tables reserved for the bridal party, their plus ones, and her immediate family. Random people sat at those tables. That sort of thing just annoys me to no end.

    I’m going to assign tables for the guests. They can decide who sits in which seat, but I’m at least controlling which table they are at. I’m going to buy a large canvas at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon and paint it with chalkboard paint. Once all the RSVPs are in and I can start assigning tables and write it out on the chalkboard. 🙂

    Post # 7
    Member
    2554 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @OffensiveKitten:  +1. I made a seating chart with place cards for our 25 guests.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1094 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @ThisDeluxeLife:  It’s only for an hour or so and then everyone is up and mingling and dancing (I assume?). Plus it’s a wedding and your families are there for you! Don’t worry so much about what they *might* think. Just do what works best for you guys.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    I wasnt going to deal the seating chart thing for the same reason as you but then when I really thought about it, knowing my family it is going to be harder not to do one. 

    I see family members coming in later than eveyone else and not being able to find a seat together and everyone else reluctant to move. I see just a lot of fussing and complaining without it. I see mothers fathers etc etc making sure they get the table nearest the bride and groom 

     

    blah … its just easier to do one

    Post # 10
    Member
    425 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @ThisDeluxeLife:  I had the same concerns as you, so I compromised on the seating chart.  I had three groups of tables: family of bride, family of groom, and friends (instead of table numbers, I had initials, which was also the “theme” of our wedding).  When people trickled in, they didn’t have to worry about sitting with strangers, and they were less tempted to pull chairs up to other tables because they could choose who they sat with. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @ThisDeluxeLife:  I am doing it, because I would hate to go to a wedding, and try to find a seat for my fiance and I. If you only have enough chairs for guests, chances are someone will be split from their party.

    Post # 12
    Member
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just assign tables (not seats), it won’t take as much time as you think and it will be one less thing to worry about.

    Post # 14
    Member
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @ThisDeluxeLife:  

    Hey we’re date twins! omg I can’t believe it’s actually happening and so soon!


    “people will pull chairs from everywhere to sit with larger groups”

    I see this all the time at events and conference formal nights. I also know for a fact that my friends will do this unless they’re assigned a table because I’ve seen them do it before! It is chaotic. I haven’t assigned seating, but I did assign tables. We’re doing a plated dinner with meal choices so I’ve colour coded everyone’s escort cards which are tied to their favours. They’ll pick them up on the way into the hall and hopefully that works out!

    Post # 16
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    3083 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @ThisDeluxeLife:  You don’t have to separate family and friends.  When we did our seating chart if one of my friends knew someone from my family or I thought they would get along they went at the same table. 

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