(Closed) How to handle seating arrangements at very long communal tables?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@vess5:  I think you need to do place cards. But place cards don’t need to be fancy.

Seating arrangements can be a bit of a pain, but a lot of it comes together naturally. e.g. you put this family group of 8 together, and it doesn’t really matter how you order that 8, they’ll be relatively happy.,

Post # 4
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vess5:  I went to a wedding that had long tables with multiple numbers. It worked really well and prevented couples fom ending up 20 seats away from each other.

Post # 5
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We used a long table set-up and did assigned seating via place cards. We needed to make sure Mr. LK’s conservative Gramma was not sitting near some of our loud, decidedly non-conservative friends. 🙂

Post # 7
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My wedding had this seating – I had a “name” for each side of each long table but also ended up doing place cards (plain cream colored ones printed at home with a lovely font). Worked great! (except for the guy who didn’t show up and left a gap, but oh well…)

Post # 8
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would definitely do assigned seating.

My mom is getting married in May and we’re looking at having the same kind of seating. We’ve decided on a seat chart like this:

With black mini clothes pins and cards similar to this (just reg rectangle/business type cards) above each place setting (forget the table number on the cards)


Once you get started, seating charts aren’t that hard. Like a pp said, they kinda just fall into place. 🙂

Post # 9
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are using 3 sets of 3 8 ft tables pushed together.. and we are doing a seat chart / cards. We are just treating each table.. as a table. So the 3 tables pushed together aren’t 1 big one.. they are 3 tables.

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