Post # 1
We’re having a small wedding, 24 guests and the two of us, we’re not having a wedding party. Originally we’d planned on seating everyone at one long table, but the room we’re having our reception in lends itself better to having 6 square tables with four guests and then a sweetheart table.
Our guests have very different personalities, but we figured out that if we have assigned seating, we can ensure everyone is at a table with people they know and are compatible with. No sitting with strangers or uncomfortable situations.
With so few people, do we really need to bother with table numbers? I was thinking of just using the place cards we’d selected. With only 6 tables and everyone being seated with their little groups, it seems unnecessary to do table numbers. The venue provides a seating chart free of charge if we’d like, so I was thinking of possibly doing that and the place cards only.
With only 24 people, do we need to have table numbers?
Post # 3
I don’t think numbers are necessary. Would people just visit each of the six tables and look for their name card instead? Or use the venue’s seating chart? That would be fine to use their seating chart. I’m assuming it’s like a map of the room?
Post # 4
The place cards are fine.
Post # 5
I attended a wedding that small and intimate and all they had were placecards. That was fine. I don’t even think you need a seating chart. Most people can easily walk around the table and find themselves. Plus, if guests are friends or family, it’s like they’ll help each other find seats, e.g. “Hey mom, you’re sitting over here!”
Post # 6
worst case scenario, would a guest have to walk around to each table to check if his or her name was on a tiny little place card ? If so, I don’t see how it could hurt to have at least a seating chart, if not table numbers.
Post # 7
@Overjoyed: I’ll probably do the seating chart, if for no other reason than the venue offers a really pretty one as part of our booking
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I think this could be confusing for your guests. If you only have place cards, they’re going to be milling around looking for their spot. If you have a place card and seating chart, that may ameliorate some of the confusion. But it seems to me the best way to go is escort cards and table numbers. It is a small wedding though, so you could get by with place cards only I guess. It’s ultimately up to you. You can do super cheap table numbers if that’s a concern. For example, I considered buying these off Etsy to hold our table numbers.