(Closed) Seating Chart VS Escort Cards

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

i have nothing constructive to add, just that i approve =)

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Individual cards will be your best option. There will not be the traffic jam that you will have with a seating chart, due to the fact that most seating charts are small enough print that you have to be right up next to it to read it, along with everyone else wanting to find out where they are seated. With an individual card, if someone gets sidetracked chatting with someone else, etc, they don’t have to go back to the seating chart to remember where their table assignment is.

As for table names, you can get quite creative with a Christmas theme. Use your favorite Christmas songs, use various words that are associated with Christmas.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

dont have pics yet but i plan on doing a seating chart..   my table number are retired yankees so i wanted to make it easier for our guests. Also, its way more economical and easier for me to design a table chart, print it, and frame it then writing out all the little cards and attaching them to starfish (my original idea)

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Besides the issue that with a seating chart people have to stand there and find their name and it can create a traffic jam, I don’t think it matters.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Seating charts are fine if displayed nicely for guests to see as they enter the reception.  The only advantage of escort cards is that you can change them easier at the last minute if you need to if you have some additions or cancellations of guests.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are doing a seating chart & putting it in the program.  This way we don’t have to bother with creating a display (venue not display-friendly) and/or traffic jams. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

oh- also, to avoid a line or whatever, I am making 2 and they will be fairly large (16×20 i think.. or was it 20×30?? i dunno, i bought the frames but havent done anything else yet). they will be on 2 diff sides of the cocktail hour and i will prob inform the maitre’d to bring one upstairs right after cocktail hour ends.. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

seating chart= less work, potentially more time for people to find their seats

escort cards= more work, easier to change at last minute

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m still trying to decide if our families will wonder if I’m crazy if I even do assigned tables—-it’s not common around here.  But I do like the idea of assigned tables since that’s much easier vs seating.  Sorry I don’t have any photos 🙁 

I found this one.  While it’s not table names, it could be easily done.  OH!  You could set the list up like Santa’s List—of course all the guests would be on the good list?  HA!  Or do you not want to take the Christmas theme that far?

http://weddingelegante.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/seating-chart-setup.jpg

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think we’ll end up having a seating chart.  It will be up during cocktail hour so guests have plenty of time to find their table.  We’ll also have a copy for the people sitting at the guest book table to help our guests out too.  Although I think place cards and escort cards are a wonderful detail to the wedding, realistically, I don’t think they would provide much value.  Most of the ones I’ve seen were done DIY, and for the amount of time spent on them, I’ve seen most guests throwing them out or leaving them behind, which makes me sad 🙁

Also, I’ve heard from wedding coordinators and from going to other weddings that table names, rather than numbers are too confusing for the guests.  It’s much harder for guests to find their tables when they’re looking for a name (or picture even) rather than numbers, as most tables are arranged in numerical order.  Maybe you can use both table numbers and a Christmas-themed name?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@ritsi_bitsi:

Oh, or if you have 12 or fewer tables you could to the twelve days of Christmas….ie “table 5 golden rings”….

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ll be doing assigned tables rather than seats, as well as table names rather than numbers.

I had the same dilemma as you, whether to do escort cards or a seating chart. I was intially concerned that there would be too much traffic around the seating chart, but this is easily fixed by printing multilple and having them placed around the cocktail area.

A couple of people have mentioned that some guests may have a difficult time finding their tables if you use names rather than numbers. I think the best way to rectify this is to have the guest names within circles/sqaure “tables” set up like the room. Similar to this, but with table names:

This is the other option where you have guests listed alphabetically with table names:

 

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