(Closed) Anyone NOT do place cards?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Nope we are not doing table cards , we are just go with the flow and so are most of the guest. We are doing a family table and thats just for parents and grandparents. Everyone else is on their own.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wasnt going to (we also only have 45 guests to the meal) but our co ordinator told us that when it comes to the public, you have to make everything very simple for them or they can cause havoc by doing what they want!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are having 75 ppl and have chosen to do place cards. At our engagement party I was slow to grab a seat coz I was so busy organising everything else and I got stuck down the end next to my Future Mother-In-Law. Never Again. I didn’t want to bestow this unfortunate situation upon any of my wedding guests. Doing place cards doesn’t mean u have to do a chart though.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are doing a seating chart, but no place cards. Guests are assigned toa  table and they can figure the rest out themselves. This is mostly because I want my FI’s family to have a special table for them and I want my family to have special tables. With that accounting for 3 of 7 tables at the reception, it was easier to assign tables.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are also going the seating chart but no place card route.  A wedding that I was recently the Maid/Matron of Honor in was a really casual affair with a bbq dinner and no assigned seating.  We put reserved signs on a couple of tables for the wedding party and for family.  The guests actually took the signs down and took the tables.  I ended up sitting in the grass trying desperately not to spill bbq all over my white bridesmaids dress and trying to keep the ants off me.  No one even gave up their seat for the bride!  It was pure craziness!

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think if you don’t want to do place cards/sitting assignments, don’t do them!  I’ve been to a few weddings that didn’t have them, and it worked just fine.

One wedding was a nicer event, with a served dinner and at least 200 guests–so a bit more formal.  The head table was obvious (long rectangle up on a stage) so no one sat there.  There were a few ‘reserved’ tables for special folks. (Be sure to let these people know that the table is for them.)  All tables had place settings, so it was obvious how many people were suppose to sit at the table.  A couple things that helped make this a smooth reception were 1) extra places–our table had room for 8, but I think only 6-7 were at the table and 2) there was only one entree served. 

A second was my sister’s wedding.  Her reception was a casual afternoon event with buffet of sandwich makings and various salads.  Again, the head table was obvious, but otherwise, everyone sat whereever they wanted.  Yes, chairs might have been moved from one table to another.  So what?  No one was upset that there was an extra seat at their table.

 

If you do end up going with seating assignments, you can skip the placecards–as many people have suggested.  My Fiance wants seating assignments, but I’m not going to be making little placemarkers for everyone. (I think it would take too much time and $)  I’m going to list assignments on some kind of board and put them in a couple big, pretty frames I found at a garage sale.

 

Overall, do whatever you want! It’s your wedding. 😀

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not doing place cards and I don’t think they are necessary.  If people move chairs and want to sit at an overcrowded table so be it….For the most part I’m sure can figure out that if there’s a chair open then they can sit there, if not then they go somewhere else.  I dunno. It was just another thing to stress me out that I decided to eliminate!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

At first, we were only going to do table seating.  But then our caterer reminded us that we had given our guests a choice in  meal (veggie or not), so they needed to know who was getting what =)

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had pretty much decided to not do seating arrangements because we had both been to weddings where there was no seating plan and it worked wonderfully. Then we went to one where it was horrible. It was super awkward and we didn’t know very many people. In fact, I ended up sitting next to my mom’s gyno. No, thank you. We’re now leaning toward creating a seating plan so nobody has to feel awkward about trying to figure out where to sit.

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re not doing place cards at all.  Just a head table for the wedding party, but other than that…I want people to sit where they want and with whom they want.  I always hate being seated with people I don’t know at weddings and I don’t want to do that to anyone.

We’re having a small wedding & reception, about 35 to 50 people.  I just want everyone to walk in, sit down, eat & dance…let’s have fun!!! Laughing

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

we had 60 people at our wedding – I assigned people to tables but not seats. My sister and Maid/Matron of Honor let people know their table number abd let them sit where they wanted on their table and worked really well

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

unless you have a very small wedding, I highly recommend at least do table assignment.

That way you won’t wind up with a table with 15 people in it and then there is a table only a couple people as no one wants to sit with them, if you know what I mean.  If they want to switch tables, they can do it but they have to trade with someone if it’s a buffet style reception.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am doing escort cards so guests know which table number they are seated at.  But I am not doing assigned seating place cards.  I guess a few brides hated the placecards idea: let guests sit in whichever seat they want to sit in and with whoever they want to sit next to.  But I think a simple seating chart is fine: like Amanda Green Table 1, etc.

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m not doing place cards or table numbers. Unnecessary stress!

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

wow! I wish I could get away with no chart! 203 people … I need a chart!

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