Post # 1
I’ve been dreading the seating chart since day one. I knew it would be difficult because my family is difficult. It’s been made more difficult because of the number of declines.
we have 52 people (maybe 54 – waiting on one answer) including us attending the wedding.
the head table is a 72″ round, all others are 60″.
without getting in to all the dynamics, I keep ending up with 2 leftover people here and there
mixing groups/splitting groups is causing me problems (FH’a family has 10 attending, 2 more than will be at a table). I’m also worried that people will be mad if they’re split up, but I don’t want to ask them either because that’s a whole other can of worms.
I would love suggestions for how to make this easier , I’ll share the list/problem areas if you want 🙂
Post # 2
If you can afford it, you can add one more table and take one couple from two other tables or split up the family table into two. Most 60″ tables hold 8 ppl comfortably. You could have a couple tables with just 6 and it won’t look bad. My daughter had the a similar problem but using 72″ rounds. A few tables only had 8 instead of 10 but it looked fine. It will add a little to the cost of table decor but worth it if it makes things better for you and your guests. Good luck!
Post # 3
I would just split the group(s) up, so you mix tables – 4 at this table and 6 at this table, or 5 and 5 if they aren’t a couple.
If people want to freak out about where they will be sitting for like 2 hours during dinner, they are crazy. They can mingle after dinner and talk to other relatives, etc.
But if that doesn’t quite work…please feel free to share the problem areas and maybe we can help you out!
Post # 4
We don’t have an evenly divisible group, either. We ended up with mostly tables of 10, but with a few tables of 8, 9, and 11.
Post # 5
Ours was a pain too – we just decided to sit people as groups and as such, we’ve got tables ranging from 7 to 12. Oh well. I figure the tables are really only for sitting through dinner and then people will bet up to dance and mingle.
Post # 6
We figured it out last night.
We have 8 tables, the head table (72″) has 10+baby, then we have 5 – 6’s and 2 – 7’s.
It’s not ‘perfect’ but it’ll work.