Seating chart question – by table or by seat?!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@laurenm78:  i did b/c i had a plated meal option for my guests and it was easier for the venue staff.

i prefer to have the placecards.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

totally up to you, we’re jsut going to assign tables and guests can sit where they like, saves money on place cards plus set-up time.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did escort cards that contained table numbers and did not opt to do place cards.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m only doing tables, we are having a plated meal but the venue doesn’t care. They can just ask “who had the fish” or whatever. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Tables only for me!  We’re serving family style, though, so individual seats don’t matter so much.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Placecards at the actual seats are optional. I’ve only seen them once, at a pretty formal wedding with a plated meal.

We’re doing a stations dinner, so our seating will just be by table.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We assigned tables, and we put a color-coded sticker on the escort card to indicate to the serving staff which person got which meal.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Pinkmoon:  +1 same for me

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@laurenm78:  We’re having table names and a seating plan, so guests will know which table to go to. We are then going to have name cards in each place, as I just think it’s easier and avoids confusion. Plus I think name cards are kind of cute lol.

ETA: we’ll also be giving the venue a copy of the detailed seating plan, as guests are selecting their menu options in advance, so we need to let the venue know a) who’s having what and b) who’s seated where, again to avoid confusion.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m doing seats as I like the idea of place settings but I think you can easily not have them.  People are smart enough to realise that is there aren’t place settings then they can sit anywhere at the table.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Assigning by seat just felt like too much work for me, so I just did by tables. We had a buffet dinner though. I know most people nix the idea for a seating chart entirely, but it was still something I wanted to do.

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