Post # 1
I’m not sure if anyone else has asked this before…
We are having long rows of banquet tables for about 130 guests and want to do assigned seating for everyone. (Personally I am a fan of this route as a guest – it’s way less stressfull!) My question for all of you lovely ladies is what combination of escort cards and place cards would be best for banquet tables? Do we go the whole nine yards with escort cards, table numbers, and place cards? Or do place cards at the seats and a centralized board with everyone listed alphabetically with the table number? Will people be confused or know what the table number is if they’re all in a row?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Is anyone else confused with how many “cards” there are out there? Please tell me I’m not alone in this! 🙂
Post # 3
I am having long tables too. I really wanted to do assigned seating, but my Fiance thought I was creating too much work for myself, so on his request, we are just doing assigned tables. Either way you need to first direct people to their tables with either escort cards or a board/map. Keep in mind, with your size of wedding the board could get crowded with people all at once. If you are having assigned seats, then have the individual place cards at the seat.
Post # 4
I would try to find really tall table number holders so guests can see distinctly see each separate table. We are having a seated dinner and so all our place cards have to be pre-set and coded with what meal each person is getting. I saw something about having a board in the room where the cocktail hour is and listing people alphabetically (you could do this by couple or family too) so that way people can quickly find their name. I personally think it’s more aesthetically pleasing to list people by tables but I know I will probably have to go the alphabetic route since we are expecting 200+ guests.
Post # 5
Thank you for your help Ladies!! I think I’m leaning towards the place cards, table numbers, and the name board…for now at least. We’re having a decently long cocktail “hour” because we both want to be able to mingle with our guests and were thinking of putting the name board with the guest book at the entrance – perhaps our attendants there can help direct the flow and help people figure out what’s going on. I hadn’t thought of listing people by family…hmmm…
PS. I think it’s pretty cool that we’re all October brides – and georgie_girl, we’re even date twins!
Post # 6
We did assigned seating with name cards on the tables and a seating chart at the entrance. I printed out all the names, punched them out with a paper punch and stuck them to foam core board with re-positionable glue. The best part about the names being on little bits of paper was that we could move them around when we were trying to figure out where to put people!
Most people appreciated assigned seats – most of them had figured out where they were sitting during the cocktail hour (we placed the chart near the bar).