Post # 1
Hey girls! As my Fiance and I were finalizing our guest list the other night, I became painfully aware of how stressful putting a seating chart together would be! One of my bridesmaids suggested letting our 200+ guests pick where they want to sit, but, I was thinking that may be chaotic. Because our venue is seperated by the dance floor/patio area into two big ballrooms that fit around 120 each, I thought we could direct them to one of the ballrooms rather than a specific table?
Thoughts?! What is everyone else doing??
Post # 3
Our venue requires a seating chart, which I am not looking forward to with 350+ guests. One thing tho is that without a seating chart tables have empty spots and people may not get to sit with who’d they like if they get there a little later or be separated because there’s only one spot open at each table. You can also sit important people like parents and grandparents closer to the head table so they don’t get stuck far away. But dinner really isn’t that long so if you decide not to do one it should be fine.
Post # 4
@ddattilio: Definitely have a seating chart for that many people. Or at least allocated tables. You want the most honoured guests (immediate family) to be at the closest tables. You don’t want to split up groups who know each other. You don’t want your grandmother to walk in last and find that the only seat is at the back with a bunch of your husband’s college buddies.
Post # 5
Our wedding is only 50 ppl…very different than yours! We’re doing table assignments but not actual seating assignments.
Post # 6
please make a seating chart! you don’t need to assing seats, just assign tables.
it is a very daunting task, but your guests will appreciate it. it’s really annoying taking a seat at a table and then having to move when another guest tells you they’re saving seats (which happened to me and my family 3 times at the same wedding) and it’s really awkward trying to find a place to sit when you don’t know any other guests. it’s like being the new kid in the cafeteria.
Post # 7
That is a lot of people, I would strongly suggest a seating chart.
We did not have one, BUT we had less then 120 people and it was a very informal backyard wedding. Plus everybody was close family and friends. Nobody sat alone and it wasn’t chaotic. We had reserved tables for immediate family members.
Post # 8
Seating charts aren’t too bad once you get working on them!
Just keep people grouped sensibly: We have tables for my family, his family, my friends, his friends, our friends, and work people!
I think it took me 15 minutes to do ours!
Post # 9
Seating charts all the way. Ive been to two weddings with no seating charts and it was total chaos. Start with parents table and bridal party and the rest really just falls into place.
Post # 10
@icetea: +1, exactly the same for us
Post # 11
what some bees said: allocate tables as opposed to seats
Post # 12
Thank you everyone! I hadn’t really thought of tables v. actual seats… but the table idea is perfect!