(Closed) pros and cons of a seating chart

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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7128 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

mrswilliams711:  There are no cons to a seating plan. 😉 I personally hate weddings w/out a seating chart. Everyone told us we were crazy for doing a seating chart, but we breezed through it in about an hour. It was not difficult at all and we had over 200 guests to seat. Just be mindful of who you are seating together and try to place people at tables with others you think they would enjoy the company.

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re not doing a seating chart, but I can see why people do them.

However, we will be placing name cards on some of our reserved tables for families so they know where to sit. Also, my mom is having a friend of hers and her husband sit with them since they won’t know anyone else there.

Post # 18
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5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

mrswilliams711:  I hate going to wedding without a seating chart. Total chaos as everyone tries to find a seat. And they drag seats to a full table to sit with people they know. You you get a 10-top with 12-13 people squeezed in and other tables with 6-7 people. So annoying. 

The way I did it was print everyone on the escort card. I printed a series of Table 1, Table 2, etc and used a card punch (cute design) to cut them out. Then move the escort cards around until I had the seating arrangement I liked. Then I stuck the Table # onto the card. Super simple and easy. 

Post # 19
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3829 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

akkaer1:  I went to a wedding where the first person to RSVP got a prize!! It was awesome. 

Post # 20
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9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t really see any cons to a seating chart other than the time you will spend to create it. And it really shouldn’t take that long. We did it in an hour or two, one evening, over a glass of wine. Seating charts make your guests more comfortable, as it gives them direction and they don’t have to figure things out for themselves. Nobody wants to feel like they’re trying to find a seat in the cafeteria on the first day in a new school. To overcome this, if you don’t do a chart you will need to add extra time for guests to find their seats and extra tables/seats, as people won’t divide up evenly and won’t want to sit with people they dont know, etc. So just do the chart. If you have some bitter enemies, consider sitting them apart or discussing with the concerned parties. But, really, it shouldn’t be too difficult. You’ll always end up with tables that are mixed groups (where not everyone knows each other) and that’s okay. I tried to make sure that each guest knew, at least, someone else at their table, but it’s also nice to mix things up.

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