Post # 1
I *just* started working on table assignments and the seating chart, and my brain is already melting out my ears.
My mom was talking about trying to fit my entire extended family at one table, but it looks like we’re going to have one or two too many for that, so I need to find a good way to split them.
Then there’s the fact that FI’s family is gigantic (each of his parents are one of five), so we obviously can’t fit all of them at one table. So how do we choose how to split them?
I just thought now that it might be nice to have both sets of parents and all the grandparents together, but I’ll bet my mom will have a heart attack.
How did all of you do it? I would love to get your words of wisdom.
Post # 3
@GreenEyedMoon: Darling Husband actually started the table arrangement puzzle and he did it in excel of all places!
We took the list of attending guests and classified each guest into a category (i.e. Bride family, Bride Extended family, Groom family, Groom Extended, Godparents, Bride’s college friends, Groom’s college friends, etc) and we used excel to total up each group.
Some groups were 8, so they were a table in and of themselves. Other groups added together to make 8 so we’d check the people, then stick those together. Then for the larger numbers we’d either find a logical place to split or just split in half and combine with half of another big group (if that makes sense).
Doing it that way and “classifying” everyone first helped a lot and a lot of groups naturally “fell out” so then we focused on the less even splits.
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: Thanks for the tip! That helped a lot!