(Closed) Seating chart or no seating chart?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I’ve always felt a bit awkward when there wasn’t a seating chart. One thing I recommend if you don’t have a seating chart is to have A LOT of extra seating available… say… 25% more than guests. Guests will naturally sit with people they want to, and sometimes there will be an extra 2 or 3 empty seats per table that people won’t want to sit at. For example, if we know 2 other couples at a wedding, we’re likely to sit with them (the 6 of us) and if the table is for 8, it’s likely that another couple won’t come sit with us unless they’re assigned.

I’d lean towards just having assigned seating though, that way you don’t have to have to rent extra seating.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

If you can get away with not having a seating chart, I’d do that.  I had one and people decided to ignore it and sit where they wanted.  It sucked to see tables of 10 with only 4 people sitting there because everyone else bailed.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I personally like seating charts. It’s really only for when people are eating… after the food, they will get up and mingle as they like, and sit in other people’s seat’s to chat. But a seating chart really eliminates that awkward feeling of not knowing where to sit. And it also eliminates a 10 person table only having 6 to 8 people. If you don’t have a seating chart, there is a chance that a couple or family might have to split up if they are the last ones to sit down and there isn’t a table with enough space for them.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i like a seating chart also

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am for seating charts! Just make it clear and available to guests where their seat is!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m doing a loose seating chart… meaning I have 8-10ish people assigned to each table but they are free to sit anywhere at the table they would like. I would say skip specific seating assignments because not only does it take a not of time but you need escort cards as well as place cards. I don’t see a problem with general seating arrangements especially if you are going to have 75+ people at the event.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

We’re not having one because we’re not having a sit-down dinner. We’re having a combo of high cocktail tables, regular eating tables, then plus lots of seating, etc. More of a swanky cocktail party vibe.

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I like seating charts too because it makes people feel like they belong.  I know it’s a small thing, but it makes me feel special to go find my name on a name card and know which table I belong too!  

 

I am going to do escort cards.  My catering manager sent me a pdf with a layout of the reception site.  I am going to put a bunch of circle (tables) on poster board and then use sticky notes or something for all the people.  I think it can be tricky, but I think that’s what I want. 

 

I also heard if you are having dancers, to put the people who like to dance close to the dance floor to get the party going.  

 

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Escort Cards are name cards that have the table number.  At least that’s what I think they are and what I was referring to in my post.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my only problems with escort cards are when there isnt a ****** map showing me where my table is.   our weddings have hundreds, literally hundreds & hundreds of people so youre wandernig looking for your table

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

@eloping- lol. that sounds terrible, but for some reason it conjures up some pretty funny images.

maybe i need sleep. lol

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