Post # 1
So, I will have assigned tables, but not assigned seating. In an effort to help people claim a seat and be able to wander around (it is a very large venue with gardens) I have made name cards for people to “claim their seat” so they don’t have to leave their purse or jacket.
I am trying to make a little sign to explain what to do. I have attempted to create a fun poem (fyi, I am no poet), so what do you bees think and does it make sense?
“Please take a look for the
table where you will eat,
then take your name card
to claim a seat.”
Here is what the table chart will look like:
Then there will be name cards right in front of it like this (though different design): Note, the table number is NOT printed on the name card
Post # 4
Shameless bump…my wedding is next weekend, so I need to print a sign soon! 🙂
Post # 5
Makes total sense to me… but then again, I’ve been to other Wedding & Events where this was the norm. (So much better than people tipping chairs, leaving things etc)
Lol, It’s not hard… they just need to just place a card
Hope this helps,
I VOTED = YES it’s very straight forward
Post # 6
Hrm, every wedding I’ve ever been to except 1 has had a similar seating situation. Every escort card has a table number and you find out what table you’re at, then you go and put the escort down at your seat. No one ever “loses” their seat anyway. And there is either a huge chart with everyone’s name in alphabetical order and the table number next to it or there are escort cards, which is more common. No sign is needed to explain, but I guess this isn’t common in your area?
Post # 7
@This Time Round: Haha, I figured it wasn’t rocket science, but people sometimes do really strange things at events. I used to do event planning for a living and people would sit down at seats that were clearly assigned to someone else or at the wrong table. Sometimes people wouldn’t sit because they couldn’t figure out where to sit (depsite a clearly labeled seating chart).
So I figured I would run it by other bees to make sure 🙂
Post # 8
@futuremrsk18: Well, I am not printing the number on the escort cards (they were printed before I assigned tables). And then their name is on the seating chart I made.
Honestly, none of my family members have heard of having assigned tables at a wedding. How, I do not know, but they all questioned me like I was crazy. They are used to open seating.
Post # 9
I think it’s fine, not confusing but why not just write their table on the name card for ease? I wouldn’t put it past some guests to “forget” their table number and have to go back to your chart.
Post # 10
@mintblush: I already had them printed (weird situation where the company made a mistake and didn’t include the numbers) and it is too late to order more. 🙁
Post # 11
@bmo88: Ah, I see.. well then, I think your seating chart should have the names in alphabetical order so it’s easier to find rather than scanning through each table for the names. Sorry, because I see you’ve already started making it. Personally, I would use clear labels and print the numbers on the labels, then stick them on the inside of the escort cards. As for a poem..?
Find your name
To see where you’ll eat
Grab your card
Head off to claim a seat!
Post # 13
Is there any way to put a pretty numbered sticker or something on the card itself? I think it makes plenty of sense, but if your guests aren’t used to it maybe that would be easier.
Post # 14
@bmo88: Have you already made the table chart yet? Because while it’s totally adorable that looks awfully time consuming and if you’re scrambling to get it all done you could absolutely write in a number or use a number sticker on the escort card and scrap that project entirely. It’s very cute though! I just imagine I’ll be at the “cut anything non-essential” stage the week before the wedding 🙂
Post # 15
I’ve been to weddings where the escort cards were already pre-printed then a table number was added later. I think that’s much easier than a whole group of people scrambling to find their name card, then scrambling to get close enough to the chart to see what table they’re at.
Post # 16
Hmmm if you’re having escort cards anyway, I would just get a pen and write the person’s table number on the inside of the card… just for back up in case they forget.
I think one or the other is necessary but having both is foolproof.