(Closed) 28 guests; seating chart needed?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Do we need to have a seating chart for 28 people?

    No - They will find their seat just fine.

    Yes - They will have a hard time finding their seat.

  • Post # 3
    4831 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Could you have table numbers/names and just let people know which table they are sitting at? That way they don’t have to peer at each of the favor boxes on the table to figure out which table they are at?

    Post # 4
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @meerkat:  We had 12 tables for about 90 people and we didn’t do seating arrangements.  Everyone was able to sit where and with whom they wanted.  We even had them mixing it up on their own to meet and talk to new people!

    Post # 6
    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i went to a wedding with about 35 guests and it was a MAJOR pain to have to walk around every single table to find my name. i would do something simple.

    Post # 7
    11 posts

    I wouldnt worry about one, unless there are some that you do not want close to you:D


    Post # 8
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would just do Escort Cards to let people know which table they are at.  Let them pick their seats from there 🙂

    Post # 9
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @Whimsical.Sprite: I agree- you choose the table, the guest choose the seat. I went to a wedding, where the guests picked the tables and it was a mess. People were saving seats for others!

    Post # 10
    1897 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I didn’t vote. Originally, we were going to do what you plan – have names on favors on each seat (we had a small wedding too..about 24 people, 3 tables.)

    In the end, we just set up name cards on one table and wrote down on the card what table they would sit at. They could sit wherever they wanted at that table. It worked great!

    Post # 11
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think it might make things a bit quicker/easier if you did a seating chart. As it’s not a huge amount of people it shouldn’t take too long to make. But if you didn’t, I don’t think things would fall apart!

    Post # 12
    7038 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’d just make a simple chart. No need for an Escort Card setup. You don’t want to waste 15 minutes of your reception waiting for people to read every place setting till they find theirs!

    Post # 13
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I voted “Yes—they will have a hard time finding their seat,” but I hadn’t really read the question yet and thought you were asking if you should assign seats or not. Now that I know what you are asking, I want to vote the opposite! I had 35 guests sitting at 5 tables at my wedding, and my venue put place cards at people’s seats. I was worried that this would be confusing, but I do not think people had any trouble finding their seats with the small number of tables. I think this was especially the case since people were mostly sitting with others that they knew—for example, my family was all at one table, and so once one member of my family sat down the others in my family naturally looked at that table first to find their seats. People definitely were not wandering around for 15 minutes trying to find out where they were sitting. I think that would happen at a large wedding with a large number of tables, but not at a small wedding with only a handful of tables.

    That said, I would have preferred to do an escort card table, but my venue just did not operate that way (they had people’s orders written on their cards, and I suspect they wanted to put the cards out themselves to ensure that they would stay at people’s seats rather than end up in someone’s pocket). If you have no room for an escort card table, I think the method you have outlined will be just fine!

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