(Closed) Placecards or no placecards?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve never been to a wedding that used placecards and in all but a few of the cases I thought it was a mistake not to have them. I’ve been to a few weddings that had around thirty guests so it worked out okay, but at larger weddings everyone is scrambling to find a place to sit. It reminds me of going to the opening night of a movie with a group of people and you have to search the theatre for a place for you to all sit together. 

I’m definitely having placecards at my wedding, with 150 people I think it would be too chaotic for everyone to find their own seat. Plus, I don’t want people like my grandmother to accidentally sit down far away from me! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think place cards are a MUST.  I’ve never attended a wedding where I was expected to fend for myself to find a seat.  I definitely think it’s important to have.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Were doing place cards/escort cards even though it’ll be a small wedding and everyone will kind of know everyone.  It’ll have a dual purpose…favors and dinner option identifier.  We’re using sand dollars and starfish with tags.  The ribbons will be in lavender or beige and the colors will let the waitstaff know who is having the beef (lavender) or the fish (beige).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it depends on the size of the wedding and the atmosphere of the venue. I’m having a guest list of (approx) 200 people at a golf resort/country club type venue. We will definetly use escort cards so people are scrambling for a table. But, we aren’t doing individual seating cards at each table.

Post # 7
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Newbee

I agree with bunnylovesbear – place cards are a definite must.  That way you can be sure that people will be sitting with others that they get along with and want to sit with Wink I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have place cards.

 

They are especially useful for single guests or guests who don’t really know anyone else…it would be sooo awkward to go to a wedding not knowing anyone and have to figure out who to sit with Yell 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not sure if you’re talking place cards, or escort cards.  I definitely think escort cards are a great idea so they know where they’re sitting.  But I don’t really think place cards are necessary.  I plan on letting my guests sit wherever at their assigned table.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I’m doing escort cards, not place cards.  I figure that everyone is an adult and can sit next to whomever they want to.  I never could figure out why people would put actual place cards down.  That way, you can still sit relatives who really don’t like one another at the same table, but they don’t have to sit next to one another and you don’t have to worry about it.  Some people make those seating charts up, but that would be too chaotic if you have last minute changes. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve been to weddings with both… I don’t find place cards terribly important, chances are you’re already seating people at a table with others they know, so let them pick where to sit. One less stress for you – and whomever had to set out all those cards!

We’re skipping the place cards (which indicate the seat, placed on the table) and going with just escort cards (which indicate the table, generally found near the entrance to the reception hall).

@starshine – depending on how many guests you have, it’s not really realistic to ask people to walk around each table looking for their name… escort cards or a seating chart indicate which table a guest should head to before entering the reception hall – a definite must if you’re having assigned tables/seating!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The reason I like them is because everyone can see your name and know who you are … so it makes it easier socially.

I have been to a wedding with place cards and there was no issue at all with them … good or bad. =)

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We’re having about 150 people attend and we’re going a slightly different route – I’m making a large scroll / sign that will be up in the entry room with everyone’s name listed alphabetically along with their table number. No individual cards for us!

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