(Closed) Escort cards and seating charts….

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I once went to a wedding that did not have a seating chart, and it caused me a lot of anxiety! I was with my Fiance, and the people that I knew were others couples from work. Since there was no seating chart, we were a bit worried that we all would not get the same table.

Here’s what happened: There was a 30 minute break before the reception. The reception had glass doors and windows all one side. Everyone stood really close to the door eyeing which table they wanted, and once they opened the doors, PEOPLE STARTED TO RUN to save their table.

At that moment, I saw like…there had to be some sort of seating arrangement. If people do not RSVP, you can save a table for them (and it’s really their fault – they should RSVP!)

Post # 4
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had escort cards and table numbers, but not assigned seating. 

I didn’t find that we had an issue with anybody showing up that wasn’t invited, or hadn’t told us ahead that they were coming.

Post # 5
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we are doing escort cards on this ribbon board

while we are telling our guests which table we want them at, we are letting them choose their actual seat

Post # 6
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Wait, do you mean escort cards or place cards? Escort cards tell you which table you’re at; place cards assign you an actual seat at the table.

As a guest, I’ve been to one wedding without either and it was a bit awkward because I was someone who was more of a colleague than a close acquaintance and didnt’t know too many people. It was a bit like junior-high lunchroom. And there was a thread about what people would do differently based on weddings they’ve been to and the “no assigned seating” came up a lot as something brides would avoid based on past experience. So I support assigned seating/tables of some sort.

In your case, for your own sanity, I’d do escort cards but not place cards. That way, you can assign an extra table just for stragglers without having to worry about who sits next to whom. So if Table 15 is the “straggler’s table” it means that if you find that people are coming last minute, you can just dump them at Table 15 without thinking about it. But that way, everyone will have a seat and they won’t feel strange/awkward about vying for the “best seats.”

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