Post # 1
Okay, so advice solicited. I’m having a dilemma. Originally I had planned on doing a seating chart for our guests to know what table they are assigned to. However, I’m growing increasingly concerned that it may just cause some chaos, and maybe I should do place cards instead. I have almost 200 guests, so I’m worried that with that many guests, the seating chart won’t be as effective. Thoughts?
Post # 3
do you just want them to know what table to go to, or what seat to sit in at their table?
if you’re just directing them to their table, I’d use escort cards. 1 card per couple/family unit, set up in alphabetical order, laid out on a table, or displayed some way. your guests just grab their card, and make their way to their table.
Post # 4
For a seating chart, are you talking about making some kind of big display, like on a board, listing names and what tables they’re assigned to? I’ve been thinking about doing that as well, and my wedding is anticipated to be about as big as yours. It might make it easier depending on how you list the names. For example, if you list by table number and list the names under each table, I think with that many guests it would just be too hard because it would take them forever to find their names, but what if you listed the names alphabetically with the table number following each name? Assuming the display is big enough I think that would work – because even if people crowd around to look at it, consider that even with escort cards there’s going to be a group or line of people waiting to find and grab theirs.
I went to a wedding recently where they had the seating assignments displayed on a TV screen in the lobby of the reception hall. It scrolled continuously through the names of the guests in alphabetical order, with a table number following each name. It seemed to be easy and effective.
Post # 5
We had about 175 guests at our wedding and chose to create a seating chart. The chart was organized by alphabetical order and simply listed what table the individual/couple/family was seated at. As far as I know, there wasn’t a “hold up” for the guests as they entered. I would think you could create two signs or have two different tables with the place cards if you’re concerned about that. Here’s a pic (sorry not very clear):
Post # 6
@GreenGables: Yes, that’s exactly what I was envisioning, a main chart. But I’m just having some second thoughts.
@melisslp: I’m glad to know that you had luck with it! That makes me feel a bit better.
It just seems like an easier thing to do with the large chart, but I’m going back and forth on it. Thankfully I have a little while to decide, but I want to start working on it….
Post # 7
@NauticalBride2011: We had it created by an artist on Etsy (mtkdesigns), had it printed at Office Depot, then bought a frame at Michael’s to put it in. The venue displayed it on an easel outside of the entrance to our room at the golf club.
P.S. If you decide to make a seating chart, you’ll want to have the design created soon, and then work on names and seating arrangements. Be sure you’ll have time to edit and redo/reprint if there is an error. Good Luck!