Seating arrangements, place and escort cards

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

we will have a table # board rather than place cards.  Then, we are seating them in specific seats because they don’t ask what people are having for dinner, so they require us to mark it somehow.  I have thought about this one aspect of the wedding more than anythign else, and this was the final decision.  people can always move their seats.  We jsut have to color code each person.  You can defnitely use favors as placecards to.  really, you can do whatever you want, as long as your guests are able to figure it all out!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I have the same need to use color-coded place cards at the table to identify meals…  I had originally planned to only do escort cards though.  I think if you can avoid doing place cards mtyf you should, it is really time consuming and a waste of paper.  I’ve seen a lot of people use their favors as escort cards and I think it can be a really great way incorporate your theme and really personalize your wedding.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

what does mtyf mean?  sorry – I am way behind on these things ; )

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

We just had escort cards, assigning people to a table, and let them choose their seats.  However, we also had to designate meal choice so we put a tiny calliigraphy letter in the upper RH corner of the escort card (ex. ‘v’ for vegetarian) and put a little sign by the escort cards saying ‘to aid our servers, please take your escort card to your table’ or something to that effect.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i agree that it’s redundant, but we’re using both. we’re having long tables, and i fear that it’ll cause confusion if we don’t. and we’re trying to keep some people away from others. =) i don’t think it’s as necessary though if you’re going with the standard 8-10 person tables.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

hahaha….thanks mtyf, I am an idiot – in the post by tater it confused me!  I definitely hate telling people where to sit.  but since we are doing the table board, I have no idea how to indicate peoples food selections!  if anyone else does, please let me know!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I am so glad you made this thread! I have been thinking about this topic recently. At first I wasn’t going to do a seating chart, but then I’ve been reading that its now expected and good etiquette so guests can avoid the awkward, "where should I sit?" game. I still don’t know for sure though, it seems like a lot of extra work. Is it really expected now?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I started tearing my hair out about seating arrnagements, so for the sake of less stress and more sanity we decided not to have any. Our guests used the favors as place holders and we only had two tables where we had tags with names on them: one was ours in the middle of the room, and the other was for the vendors so they had a place to put items and eat in our small venue. One person came up to me and asked if they could use the favor as a seating card, but that was about it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

It’s kind of strange that this will probably be the only time in our lives that we use seating cards/escort cards etc. At every other party, people just find a place to sit. 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Okay I think I must be confused about something!  Why would you need to do escort cards AND place cards?  If you are doing escort cards, then your guests pick up the card which tells them which table they are at, they proceed to their table, and put the card down at the seat they choose to sit at their table, right?  So in that case the escort card does double duty as a place card and seating chart.  If you’re doing place cards, then you need a seating chart so people can find their name on the chart to see which table they’re at, then once at the table they can find their seat by where their card has been placed.  Why would you need both?  Am I missing something?  If I am, I would sure like to know before I make an idiot of myself when creating seating plans!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

smartl, (i think) the way it works is that people will pick up their escort cards (telling them which table they’re at), and then once they get to the table they find the placecard with their name (telling them which seat they’re in). in this case, you’re right, i think the best way to do it is either: a) to have a seating chart and then have place cards at each seat, or b) use escort cards and then find a different way to do place cards (e.g., on the favor, on the napkin band, on the menu).

Post # 16
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Wannabee

i used a software to manage my guest list, track RSVPs, design the floor plan and assign seating..  and it was actually fun!!!

i cant think of a different to assign seating.

i got it from  http://www.seatingarrangement.com/

 LMK

Monique clark

 

 

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