Post # 1
I have too many tables with 7 people and I have four stragglers who I can’t separate (my nephews & their SOs). And if one of our groomsman brings his three kids, I’m completely back to square one (originally said they wanted a night out alone, now are thinking they might bring the kids). Although the whole thing works if two “maybe’s” don’t show up (granted the two maybes have legitimate reasons to be maybes).
I can’t look at this thing anymore.
How are your seating charts coming along??
I can’t imagine having to figure out more than 100 people…
Post # 3
We are having 130 guests and I finished it in a few hours =) I was super proud! It was like a giant puzzle…. 😉
Post # 4
I have only just gotten my rsvps returned this week, so I’ll be working on it over the next couple weeks. Right now I’m still fighting to figure out if my missing responses are coming or not!
I forsee some problems like that happening though! Are there maybe some tables with kids where you can have an extra kid at that table or something? Groups just do not tend to stick to even numbers all the time darnit! Good luck!
Post # 5
I haven’t started mine because I’m still waiting for a few stragglers to let me know they’re coming.
Post # 6
I’ve kind of started on mine but we’re still waiting on almost 80 rsvps so I’m trying not to get too far in. I know it’s going to be a pain bc we have a lot of “can’t sit this person with this other person” and “have to sit this person with this person” scenarios but after awkwardly trying to find somewhere to sit at a wedding we went to last year we think having a table assignment (not specific seats) will be worth it.
Post # 7
We haven’t started ours yet but plan on having the mom’s over for a big seating pow-wow. I used to plan events and seating was always the toughest to accomplish. Question for you bees: Are you sitting your side on one side and FI’s side on the other or are you intergrating? If you are doing sides, which side is which? Thanks for any input.
Post # 8
@Miss Penny Lane: We’re not doing sides at all. We have a sign at the ceremony that says “We’re all family here. Choose a seat not a side!”
Post # 9
I will be starting mine this weekend. Oh boy.
Post # 10
I just picked up Post-It flags like @kimberlyr22‘s so we can start this….
Post # 11
Technically we don’t have RSVPs all back yet either, but b/c of our small guest list, I only expect 4 “no’s” possibly only 2. So, I’m setting up with those assumptions. Granted, the only RSVPs we don’t have are 3/4 of the bridal party, my brother, and FH’s brother. All of them are coming, they just like driving me nuts (and technically, RSVPs aren’t due for 2 more weeks).
We are integrating sides…I was going to go with the pick a seat option, but b/c we have 94-96 expected guests and 96 seats, that could have been ugly; especially with the number of groups of 3 we have.
We’ve had a zillion of the don’t sit me here, sit me here, requests…but I ignored most of them b/c I don’t need more headaches!
Post # 12
I wanted to do a seating chart but it was too much work and confusing so I just let everyone sit where they wanted. Had first two tables reserved though for my family and his.
Post # 13
Nope. Not doing any. Only two reserved seats, for us.
Everyone else can sit whereever they damn please!
Post # 14
No seating charts for us either. Reserving two tables for our family but that’s it.
Post # 15
Ugh the seating chart was one of my most detested tasks! TheKnot actually has a decent program for it though…
Post # 16
@Miss Penny Lane: We haven’t started ours either due to stragglers, but the plan is to integrate our families/friends together. I want to make it as even as possible so that nobody feels jipped or that a certain family has to sit in the “back” so to speak, so we’ll do a row of round tables with my family, then a row with his, etc.
I’m just certain that it’ll be a pain, for the same reasons everyone else has. Our venue is going to be tight as it is, so for us, having a seating chart is necessary so that we can utilize every seat possible. It seems that when there is open seating, there is always at least a chair or two open at every table and we simply can’t have that.
Fiance and I will likely tackle this ourselves, but getting input from our parents on who they’d like to sit at their table, and what family should sit together. Other than that, the chart you have above looks like a wonderful planning tool!!