Post # 1
We’re doing assigned seating for the reception. So I’ve already bought little Buddha place card holders and some generic (but functional) place cards to put in them. We’re doing plated meals so we’re going to have little colored stickers with the menu choices on them. No problem.
Now my question is how do I get people to know where their tables are? My original thought was a seating chart. I found a lovely frame & easel and a local seller I can get it from at a fairly reasonable price. Easy? Not so much.
I told my FI what I was going to do (since I needed to coordinate when we would be in that area) and he hates the idea. He wants to get two ipads and have his two cousins stand at the front of the reception, look up people’s names and tell them what table they are at and write it for them on a little card. This just seems like a logistical nightmare to me.
His reasoning is that people might not know how to read the chart and might forget their table number forcing them to walk back and look it up again.
I think that having cousins responsible (who will probably be taking family pics during cocktail hour might not be available to look people up) would just create a bottle neck and add to delays.
What should I do?
Post # 3
I think you should do place cards with their name/table number on them (and then have the seating names at each place-setting).
I’ve been to weddings where they have lists and people fine their name, etc – and it works out but there’s always a wait and a bottle neck. I also think it would be overkill to have those people write down the number.
Post # 4
@oracle: I guess so. It just seems like such a waste of paper. I already have to use tented cards for the seat assignments (the holder needs 2 sheets of cardboard to be secure) and to have another tented card on a table just seems wasteful. (We aren’t doing ceremony programs to save on paper).
I wonder though, should I mark the meal choices on both sets of cards?
Post # 5
Most brides choose to use Escort cards instead. You’d just include the table number on the placecard insert for your Buddhas 🙂
Then arrange them alphabetically by last name on a table.
In my experience of a few hundred weddings, it’s much faster for guests to find their seats this way than in a seating chart/placecard scenario.
This won’t work for yu if you wish to assign a specific seat to people vs just assigning them a table.
Post # 5
@IAmLemondrop: yeah, that is a lot of tented cards. What is the issue with the easel with the big chart? I actually think that makes the most sense. Why doesn’t FI like it? Is it that he prefers the iPad route?
Post # 6
@thewheelsonthebus: That’s the problem. We’re doing assigned seats. 🙁
@oracle: Yes, he prefers the IPad route. Although I do see where an alpha listing chart would be confusing also. Out of the 127 people currently confirmed 56 have a name that starts with “L”. So I have 35 “Le” and 15 “Li” names.
Maybe a business sized card on the plate itself and have guests carry the buddha with the name/table number/meal choice back with them?
Post # 7
That is a large amount of guests for a large chart. Maybe you could split the L section up? I was thinking if the wedding is less than a hundred people it should not be a problem. Also if you are having your cocktail hour in the same location as where the charts would be that would give everyone ample time to find their name, etc.
Post # 8
I had the seating chart and it worked perfectly. I think the ipad thing is tacky.