(Closed) do I NEED a seating chart?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Do I need a seating chart?
    Absolutely! Can't have guest wandering around looking for their table... : (22 votes)
    50 %
    Nah... guest will find where they are sitting : (22 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    we didnt have one and it was just fine!

    Post # 4
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    @stargurl101: it probably would make things flow smoothly if people knew what table they were at. You took all the effort to make seating placecards. The chart will be much easier, since you already know where people are sitting.

    Post # 5
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    or if the place cards have the number on them just put those out and let people find the table.

    Post # 6
    1622 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    You really should have one.  75 people may not seem like a lot of people when compared to 150+ guests that many people have, but I had 60 people at mine and trust me, it’s a lot of people.  It’s definitely NOT the end of the world if you don’t have one though, so don’t beat yourself up if you just don’t get around to it.  I made my seating chart the day before the wedding in about ten minutes.  I found some free old windows on Craigslist, I got a paint pen and some clearance fabric scraps from Joanns.  I tacked the fabric to the back of the windows and wrote all the names.  It was super easy, cheap and it turned out just fine. 

    If you just printed the names and tables out on paper in your color and framed it, it would be perfect and not much effort on your part. 

    Post # 7
    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @MissCallieJean: That’s what I was going to say.  Instead of having the cards already at the dinner tables, add the table number to cards and arrange them on one table alphabetically so each guest can find their name/table number.

    Post # 8
    319 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Yeah, if you have assigned seats you do have to tell them somehow, but there’s no need to make it a big project!

    Do you have some family members (maybe repurpose the ushers) who can have a list of seating assignments and help people find their tables? e.g. “Hi aunt Sally! You’re at table 6 with Uncle Bob right over here” sort of thing.

    Post # 9
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think it is always a good idea so that people feel they have a place.  I personally hate not having a seat and having to “find” a table.

    Post # 11
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wanted to have a seating chart…  but my mom nagged me out of it… (a seating chart is not very common in my area…)   So I am planning on having three of four family tables (those I may have seating charts for) and everyone else will sit where they please.  I am still making escort cards for the guests to reserve their seats.  

    Post # 12
    23602 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @stargurl101: I didn’t want to do make a seating chart either (we also had our placecards at the tables), but my mother insisted that we have one.  Do you have bridesmaids? Maybe someone would be willing to give you a hand if you’re exhausted!

    Post # 13
    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I am having a reception of between 60-70, things just changed in the planning of the reception and we aren’t even asigning seats.  


    When I was going to have arranged seating I was not going to a seating chart.  There comes a time when enough is enough ๐Ÿ™‚


    Deep breath, relax and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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