Post # 1
I cannot for the life of me figure out how this seating thing is supposed to work.
We are having a plated formal meal. Everyone has made their selection in advance (chicken, braised boneless ribs, vegetarian, kids choice).
I always assumed we’d do escort cards only, but my FI says we should do place cards too. Of course, he isn’t the one who is going to have to DIY them. SO, I’d like to find a way to use escort cards only AND note meal selection on them AND make sure the guests take them to their places.
Should I put a framed sign asking people to take the cards and display them at their places? Is that tacky for such a formal wedding? And if so, what should it say that’s clear but polite?
Lastly, is this going to be a huge pain in the rump because I’ll have to do one card per person and not per couple? We are having about 150 people, so I’m worried about how to display that many cards on the escort table!
Oh, the insane things that bother me when planning a wedding.
Post # 3
I like the idea for the sign asking them to take a card. I’m doing something similar to that. I’m not doing a seating chart because it’s mostly family.
Post # 4
@Ashley1281: What are you writing on the sign, if you don’t mind my asking?
Post # 5
One way to do it is to use the escort card with a sign asking them to place them at their seat. On each card place a sticker that denotes which meal they are having e.g. Heart=chicken, 2 doves=ribs, etc. You could tie different colored ribbons. You could make the card different colors. Any ideas like that that looks nice but helps out the venue.
If you choose to do place cards, then you could do the same thing. Only you would need a seating chart to tell guests where to which table they are at.
Hope this helps.
Post # 6
Any more options or wording for the sign?
Post # 7
Lots of ideas here:
Place cards… and how to include guests entree choice?
I love the wording on this sign-it’s always nice to have a sense of humor
Take a seat
we hope you like who you sit next to
Otherwise it’s going to be long night
Be sure to display your card at the table
So your meal choice is brought to you
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
At at all the seated formal plate dinner weddings I’ve been to, your banquet server just comes over to you and says “Chircken fish,.. etc?”. All this planning with coordinated symbols sounds so confusing!
Post # 9
I not only work at a hotel in the catering department, but I’m getting married here next week too. We NEVER ask our brides to deal with meal tickets, or any other way to denote the meal choice. Your servers will walk around and ask what everyone ordered when they deliver the salads, then bring everything back later. If this really is a formal place, they should be doing that as well. Don’t worry! You don’t have to assign seats on the table if you don’t want to!
Post # 10
@ABoxForPandora: I’m in this same situation. Do the caterers never have problems with people forgetting which meal they RSVP’d for and running out of one option? That would be my fear with that route.
Post # 11
As a general rule, all caterers prepare 5% over the number you tell them, which is at least 3 of each meal. Just in case. If you hired a reputable caterer, you don’t have to worry about having enough food.