(Closed) Seating chart for the reception?!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Do I need to have a seating chart at the reception?

    Yes

    No

    Depends

  • Post # 2
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Personally as a guest, I prefer a seating chart by table with a guest list of your size. Not necessarily a “Guest A sits at Seat B at Table C” but a “Guest A is seated at Table C”.  But go with what you like. If you do decide to go with a seating chart, I’ve found the website AllSeated to be really helpful in organizing the seating plan.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee

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    FutureMrsWaits16:  I always thought that I wouldn’t want/need a seating chart, but I changed my mind when a bee pointed out that a seating chart (done properly) guarantees that guests wont’ be separated from their party (otherwise, imagine a family of 5 being among the last to arrive at the reception…it’s not likely that you’ll have a table with five seats together remaining, so people will have to split up to find a place to sit). Because my wedding is kid-friendly and will include several families, this was really a deciding factor for me.

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would definitely do a seating chart- you don’t have to assign seats, but it makes life easier for your guests if you at least assign tables. It ensures that important people (family) get good seats and that familys/friends get to sit together. It also keeps people from wandering around looking for seats or moving chairs from other tables.

     

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee

    We didn’t assign a chair to every guest, however we did assign guests to tables, and they could decide where at the table they wanted to sit. As a guest, I’ve always appreciated knowing where to sit, especially for large weddings, then having a free-for-all.

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    FutureMrsWaits16:  Please do! Your guests will appreciate it.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Rustic barn/ pavilion

    I didn’t want to do one either but was told I had to… It was better that I did looking back. Also every year my fiances family has a holiday luncheon for between 30 – 45 people and every year it takes 30 to 40 minutes to get everyone seated before lunch can be served. Also because immediate family members dont want to separate someone ALWAYS is asking the wait staff to set up another table. This past year they had to set up two and it wasn’t because there weren’t enough seats. Believe me, someone will think they’re entitled and may attempt this at your reception, or like LadyBear said they will be pulling chairs and moving place setting. I know it’s a headache but at least assigning tables is going to save you from a much bigger potential headache.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Yes you need a seating chart to the point of table assignment.  SEAT assignment is optional.  

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee

    Make a seating chart at least by table!

    My uncle’s wedding was about that size and they didn’t have one. What happened was that tables were either empty with like 3 random people who didn’t know anyone or there were tables with 12-14 chairs shoved around them so that friends/families sat together. It was a disaster and my family of 4 ended up at a table with two chairs off in a corner and no favors left even though my mom was the groom’s brother.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Yeah, I was in a wedding that was large like that and didn’t have a seating chart. It was terrible. Please do one for the sake of your guests!

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee

    I personally have always thought I would not want a seating chart because they seem too formal for me….but….all you bees who pointed out they keep parties together and take the stress out of finding adjoining seats make an excellent point! I think I may be pro-seating chart now!

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    Helper bee

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    FutureMrsWaits16:  I voted depends, only because I did a seating chart for particular reasons. FI’s sister i wanted as far away from me as possible (long story), and 2 of my brothers havent talked in 20 years, so I wanted them to sit at opposite ends of the room.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee

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    LadySeawiid:  ohhh I’m so glad you mentioned that website- I’m excited to play with that! 

    We’ll have 250-270 guests & I hadn’t wanted to do a seating chart, mostly out of laziness lol. .. But this thread is a great reminder.. They really are helpful & important. And from personal experience, we went to a wedding last summer without one & I admit it was sort of a cluster F#@k : / 2 of our friends ended up getting left out &  had to sit with random ppl because we didn’t have room at the table. 

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    you need to do table assignments… it’s not too hard once you plan it out

    then all you need to do is make the little tent cards with guests names and what table they’re at. a Large map isn’t necessary.

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