Post # 1
We will be having a photo seating chart similar to the one below. My question is, do we need to put actual cards with each guest’s name on it at the tables or let them pick which chair they want? There will also be activity books for the children who will be seated with their parents.
Also, how do I list the names on the seating chart? I want to do it alphabetically, but do I list each individual? by couple? what about the +1s and children? I think we’ll have about 150 people.
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - Garden
I put names on carda at each seat, but I have also seen people just list the names of the people sitting at the table on the back of/underneath the table number, so you could do that.
I don’t know the etiquette about listing couples together or listing them individually, but you should find out the names of the +1s so that you can include them. Same for children.
Alternatively you might just list a whole family as one line (ie “The Huckleberry Family”), but depending on your guests that could be confusing.
Post # 3
I’m definitely getting the names of the plus 1s, and for the families with more than one child, I was going to put Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and Family. I don’t think I’ll have enough room on my photo seating chart to list everyone’s name individually.
Post # 4
I’d say just let them pick the chairs that they want at their table. Even if you put cards down at each seat, a lot of people tend to just move those around to where they want to sit.
Post # 5
Rinabeens: what you’ve said in response sounds like a good idea, you know what works best for your guests too. Definitely include +1s names and nothing wrong with just saying “and family” for the larger groups. You only need to put place cards at the table if for some reason you need to specify chairs/seats for guests, or if you need to specify certain food restrictions/selections. If you can avoid those, avoid them! I know I am lol. (and we’re also planning to do what you’ve done above! I hope it works well! Just need to find the best place to print it out after designing it lol)
Post # 6
I am listing it by last name, then the name of the male guest. For children, I would list them individually by indenting under the parent’s name. Example:
Smith, Joseph and Doe, Jane
Smith, Robert and Brenda
Post # 7
emstar168: I agree.
kristen182: There aren’t any split entrees so I really won’t need the place cards. Also, I’m sure our guest will know where the children will sit once they see the activity books. I’m actually designing our seating chart on photoshop. I heard that Staples has reasonable pricing for posters.
Post # 8
dmh426: I don’t think I’ll have room to do that on our seating chart poster with 150 people. We’re also doing the names alphabetically.
Post # 9
Rinabeens: I just told them their table and they picked their seats on that table. That’s how it was at all the weddings went to as well.