(Closed) Seating chart or escort cards ..which?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
  • poll: What did you do?
    Made up a seating chart and it worked! : (8 votes)
    31 %
    Spent the time making escort cards out and burning my fingers with hot gluing them to cute seashells : (15 votes)
    58 %
    Let them sit wherever, and kept 911 predialed for fights that broke out : (0 votes)
    screwed all of this and eloped! : (3 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think either option will work well. If the seating chart is easier, then go with that option. If you have a large wedding, maybe make two and put them at either side of the entrance so there aren’t a ton of people struggling to see one chart.

    As for people showing up who did not RSVP, here is my two step attack plan.

    • 1) Call everyone who did not RSVP (after the deadline) and confirm that they are

    • A) coming
    • B) Not coming
    • C) leave a voicemail stating that since you have not received an RSVP from them you are assuming they are not coming. And if thats incorrect they need to call you ASAP to ensure your caterer knows they need to cook a meal for them.

  • Then on the day of the wedding anyone who did not RSVP yes or who RSVPed no isn’t allowed in.
  • Ok maybe my plan is a little harsh. But you can’t expect to not RSVP for an event and then show up anyway. I think taking the time to call everyone (instead of just assuming they are all no’s) is already being nicer than you have to be.

    Post # 4
    Member
    9 posts
    Newbee

    Do the glorious seating chart. It’s fun, really elegant and it’s easy! what I would do, is designate a friend, relative, or usher to greet your guests as they arrive, and direct them to the seating chart so we know they won’t miss it. Also, do you have place cards? that will help too in making sure they reach the correct seat.

    good luck! You’re so close!

    Post # 5
    Member
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Although I find seating charts elegant, I find they are not practical.  Then again it depends on how many guests you have.  I recently went to a wedding.  We were about 200 who arrived at the same time.  The couple had this beautiful, glamorous seating chart, but it took forever to find our names.  It’s because the seating charts was set by table instead of by name.  So you had to go table by table to find your name.  It caused this big traffic jam at the entrance of the hall.  If you don’t have the time or energy to make escort card (who can blame you?), I would say assign someone at the entrance who has a list by name and can quickly give people their table numbers and turn away anyone who hasn’t RSVP!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    What kind of dinner are you having? We thought we’d just list table numbers on a seating chart, but then our caterer told us that since we’re doing a sit-down dinner, rather than buffet, they want us to have everybody’s meal preference in to them beforehand and that we must use escort or placecards and have some indicator on them so they know what meal they have (different color, symbol, etc). So we’re now doing escort cards, since it’s easiest for the caterer, and we want dinner to go smoothly

    Post # 7
    Member
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Curious, how do you seat a couple with different last names?

    Post # 8
    Member
    2095 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I attached the cards to their favor and had them all sitting at a table before they walked in the room. A few tables had an empty seat or two and the one extra person who showed sat at one of those.

    ETA: I just cut mine up and taped it. It didn’t take me long at all to do it. The favors were in boxes so I just made it the same size as the box and it worked perfectly.

    Post # 9
    Member
    7610 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Um…I did both, haha.  Control freak here, at your service!  There was a large sign on an easel that let people know at which table they were seated….then there were also seating place cards at the actual spot I wanted them to sit.  I’m sorry, but it was a tiny wedding with quite a few people who wouldn’t know each other, and I wanted everyone to be taken care of!  It worked out perfectly but GOOD LORD IN HEAVEN was it ever a lot of work.  Paint….rubber cement….templates….my uncooperative printer….I have PTSD now but it was all worth it. 😉

    Post # 11
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    2320 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I did escort cards but I also had to do a seating chart for the venue.  The escort card just told the guest what table to sit at and then I had luggage tags made up that went on their specific seat.

    I say do the seating chart especially since you have guests that don’t mesh well, it will make things easier!

    Post # 12
    Member
    11287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i had a picture taken of each guest/couple infront of our custom backdrop as they entered the ceremony.  the pics were printed during the cocktail hour and put into individual stands with their names and table #’s.  they were unique escort cards and they could take the pics home with them.

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