(Closed) Seating Cards… charts?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do you mean for the reception or for the actual ceremony? I won’t be doing any seating assignments for the ceremony, but I think most brides do assign tables for the reception, otherwise it’s kind of a free for all. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

my brother didn’t do a seating chart for his wedding and it was fine, for a wedding of over 200 people there were no issues. my fi is paranoid that people will come in later than others, they won’t have seats near friends, and they’ll be stuck with people they don’t know/like. so we’re doing seating.

place cards are put at tables to tell people their exact seat. escort cards tell people where their table is. a lot of people just do escort cards and let people where they want to sit at their table.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m going the escort card route and setting them up on a ribbon board. You can get cheap little tent cards at most office supply or actual wedding escort cards at craft stores. Usually just the name of the person and the table number they are at is enough direction. The bigger worry about seating free-for-all is not having full tables, or people being excluded, or guests trying to save tables for groups, forcing other guests to other tables. I am not a fan of free-for-all seating, unless you are having something really casual like a cocktail or BBQ reception.

A seating chart is fine too. A co-worker of mine did hers alphabetically with the table number next to the person’s name.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is one of those areas where Fiance and I have discovered a regional difference. He, from Louisiana and Texas, has never attended weddings where seating or tables were assigned. This Northeastern chick always attended assigned seting/tables weddings. We’re going with escort cards for the reception, but Future Mother-In-Law has told me I am on my own for assigning the groom’s side of things. I just hope she remembers she said that if she ends up not liking where people are placed.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Do seating.  Your guests should feel like guests and they should know where they are going to sit.  No one likes being told “This seat is saved.”  It’s humiliating.  What if you are with someone and you can’t find two seats together.

Unfortunately, you are going to  have to bite the bullet and spend some time doing the seating for reception.

There is never seating at the church, except pews roped off for family if you so wish.

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