(Closed) Help with reception seating display… please!

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have been at weddings where there were posters organized both ways listed below.  I preferred the alphabetical by last name.  It elimiated the backlog of people waiting in line to find their names by looking through each table individually.  So I would suggest that way.

Here is a link to one I found on a site online. This one organizes by last name and actually has the menu printed down the middle which is a nice option I think. There are a bunch on this site for inspiration.


This other one I found looks like someone’s DIY but it organized by table:


Good luck!



Post # 4
38 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

So are these posters done in addition to the place cards, or in place of? Should it be put on the placecard table?

Post # 5
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

We did something very similar to the first link hesallmine posted. Our invitation lady actually did it for us… but it was like a poster with all guests’ names in alphatbetical order and then their table number.  We didn’t include the menu (there wouldn’t have been room anyway), but did have a menu displayed near the poster in a (much) smaller frame  We did this rather than place cards and had it displayed in a frame and then put on an easel.  It worked very well for us. Good luck!

Post # 6
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you want people to have assigned seating, more then just what table they are at – yes do them with place cards. But the place cards would be waiting for them at the table.

I have to do it this way because I am offering two plate choices at my reception and the different colored place cards will tell the waiter what to bring each person.

I will justbe putting upa board, with the table names, and the guests at them listed below.

Post # 7
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

One other tip is to consider having the cards out at the cocktail hour – that way guests can pick them up at their leisure and you avoid the logjam coming into the reception….

Post # 10
8 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

What my girlfriend did for her wedding (and what I will likely do for my wedding) is have all the names arranged by alphabetical order on a poster board (which is a white poster board and is framed). It looks wonderful… Very very clean, elegant, and modern.  I need to hunt down a picture to post on here so you can get a better feel for it… but it’s easy to do.

This was basically framed and placed on an easel at the main entrance.  Quick & easy for guests to look their names up.

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