(Closed) Help: Should I Do a Seating Chart?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should i do a seating plan

    not necessary - adults will figure it out

    not necessary but preferred - guests will feel more comfortable

    if you don't, people will pull chairs from everywhere to sit with larger groups

    you may end up with lonely people at their tables

    only if you think you can pull it off in time - don't stress

  • Post # 19
    4687 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    Definitely assign a table. I have never, ever even heard of someone not assigning tables.

    Post # 20
    9780 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d definitely assign tables. Otherwise people will get split up, some tables will be empty and others will have double what they should, lol. I hate the Knot but they do have a program for designing a seating chart.

    Oh and I wouldn’t split up friends/families…we had that at a wedding last summer and I thought it was kind of rude honestly. DH and I were together, but his sister was at another table with his Dad, and his mom was by herself with friends…

    Post # 21
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    The easiest route is to assign tables.  I’ve been to handful of weddings with no table assignments and it was stressful and awkward trying to figure out where to sit and where not to sit.


    When I created my table assignments, I just opened up an excel spreadsheet and started putting peoples names to tables.  That way, I could easily cut/paste and move them around… making sure I included everyone.  You coulud also overseat tables that ‘make sense’ initially and then break them up that way.  Also – I didn’t have the same number of people at each table… some had 7, others had 8, some had 9.  I didn’t want my tables super cramped – so, even though they could fit 10, I tried to max it at 8.

    ETA:  I’d also group people who know each other together.  Don’t make your wedding a time you’d like your friends to mingle.  I went to a wedding where I thought I’d naturally sit with my close friends and the bride decided she wanted to break the group up so we could meet new people.  Sure, we met new people, but were sad not to sit next to the people we were closest with.

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