Post # 1
Hi Bees- I’ve only just sent out save the dates so this is a bit premature but I’ve been thinking a lot about seating charts. I’m going to have a large wedding (likely around 200 guests). My caterer recommended long tables as the best layout – specifically long tables pushed together in a line to make 30-person tables. Do you think it’s ok to assign people to the “mega-table” (so 30 people assigned to table 1, 30 to table 2, etc.) or is it better to assign each of the three tables within the “mega-table”? I have concerns about both options:
With the mega-table assignments – will people scatter across the table and leave single spaces/awkward conversation groups? In most cases, it’s one larger group (ex. all my cousins, all his aunts/uncles), but in others, it’s two groups combined, that know each other, but clearly know some better than others (ex. his HS friends with his college friends).
With numbering the individual tables – will people have a hard time understanding the layout? I just went to a wedding with these type of long tables and the table numbers weren’t spaced properly so we had a hard time figuring out where we should actually be.
So, what do you think??
Post # 2
sambaty4 : We had long tables and I had table signs for each individual table, regardless of if they were pushed together. So the mega table would have three numbers on it. Non one had trouble finding their seats from what I heard. I also had specific assigned seats so there were no gaps.
Post # 3
You could do both ie. a picture of all long tables labelled A, B, C etc.. and then under each category have section 1, 2, 3 for the small tables. That way people can scan which long table they are on and then find their section of the long table. If long tables seat 30 people, then I would probably split it into 3 so you have ten per section. As long as people know which section (of 10 people) they are in they can then just find their name tags.
Post # 4
Thanks! I should add that I’m not assigning individual seats nor doing escort/seating cards. I’ll have a large foam-core poster with the information and then it will be a free-for-all at the tables themselves.
Post # 5
I opted for numbering the individual tables. I watched an episode of Don’t Tell The Bride recently where the groom had forgotten the seating chart, and they ended up extremely late getting served food trying to seat everybody in the right places. It was enough to convince me to ensure our guests are clearly allocated to tables, although we aren’t assigning specific seats.
I kind of feel like a choice of 30 seats might be too many, whereas a choice of 10 wouldn’t be overwhelming 🙂
Post # 6
If you’re doing a “free-for-all” at each table I would definitely recommend breaking it down by individual table numbers to avoid things getting hectic!