(Closed) name chart vs reception name cards

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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tania689:  Just want to add my two cents on this. We did a seating chart board and thought it looked awesome but it caused some problems at the wedding. First, guests totally missed it on their way into the reception. Also, if they did see it, by the time cocktail hour was over they totally forgot their table number and had to run back to check. Finally, we had 210 guests so having them all try to check their table number at the same time was less than ideal. Looking back I wish I did individual cards

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I am required to do color-coded seating cards because I have a plated meal but I am too OCD to align them all on a table. I am doing a poster and putting the cards on the tables. My way of getting around the “clumping” around the poster is to put a mini version of it on the back of my programs. My ceremony and reception are in the same place so I don’t have to worry about people leaving them in their vehicles or losing them between the ceremony and reception. I am also doing my seating poster by household so there are less names clustered. It’ll go something like:

Doe, Jane & Family…………….. Table 3

Johnson, John…………………… Table 1

Williamson, Willam & Family….. Table 2

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

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tania689:  You only need one but you can do both if you really want 🙂 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Our venue requires us to have individual place cards on the tables so that they know who to give “special” (ie vegetarian and children) meals to, so it’s looking like we will be doing both. A friend of mine who recently got married had a framed seating chart that they placed right near the entrance to the reception and was available during the cocktail hour – everything was written very clearly and guests were listed alphabetically under their designated table number. We didn’t think it was difficult to find your table at all and, as we’ll be having a similar number of guests, thought this is something we would also do.

Post # 22
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Busy bee

Australian bee here, can I ask about escort cards?

how do they work ? How does everyone get their individual card?

ive never seen them done here. Every wedding I’ve been to has had some combination of the following.

a) a big sign at the door where you look for your name 

b) a person at the doorway with a list who looks up your name on a list 

c) a list on each table Or individual place cards at seats (option c is always with option a or b or both) 

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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BibbidiBobbidiBoop:  Typcially, escort card or place cards are placed on one table in alphabetical order near the entrance of the reception area and people find their name, take their card and go to their designated seat marked on the card. The wedding poster seems to recently be getting popular in the US or at least that I have seen.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

Little cards are best. Guests pick them up and have them to refer to, as they search for the table.

There is no looking at the chart, forgetting the table number and having to go back.

Tables are assigned, seats at that table are not.

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