Post # 1
I’m working on my seating chart (it’s due Saturday, ack!). I was thinking that I only had to assign tables, but then it occurred to me – am I supposed to assign my guests which SEAT they actually sit in at the table?
I know I knew the answer to this, but I’ve got so much going on trying to finish everything up my brain just is NOT working.
We will be having a large seating chart at the ballroom entrance, organized alphabetically by last name, which will then tell the guest their table number (I won it at a Bridal Showcase!). Do I then have to put placecards on the tables at each seat?
Post # 3
@laurenm78: i did b/c i had a plated meal option for my guests and it was easier for the venue staff.
i prefer to have the placecards.
Post # 4
totally up to you, we’re jsut going to assign tables and guests can sit where they like, saves money on place cards plus set-up time.
Post # 5
I did escort cards that contained table numbers and did not opt to do place cards.
Post # 6
I’m only doing tables, we are having a plated meal but the venue doesn’t care. They can just ask “who had the fish” or whatever.
Post # 7
Tables only for me! We’re serving family style, though, so individual seats don’t matter so much.
Post # 8
Placecards at the actual seats are optional. I’ve only seen them once, at a pretty formal wedding with a plated meal.
We’re doing a stations dinner, so our seating will just be by table.
Post # 9
We assigned tables, and we put a color-coded sticker on the escort card to indicate to the serving staff which person got which meal.
Post # 10
@Pinkmoon: +1 same for me
Post # 11
@laurenm78: We’re having table names and a seating plan, so guests will know which table to go to. We are then going to have name cards in each place, as I just think it’s easier and avoids confusion. Plus I think name cards are kind of cute lol.
ETA: we’ll also be giving the venue a copy of the detailed seating plan, as guests are selecting their menu options in advance, so we need to let the venue know a) who’s having what and b) who’s seated where, again to avoid confusion.
Post # 12
I’m doing seats as I like the idea of place settings but I think you can easily not have them. People are smart enough to realise that is there aren’t place settings then they can sit anywhere at the table.
Post # 13
Assigning by seat just felt like too much work for me, so I just did by tables. We had a buffet dinner though. I know most people nix the idea for a seating chart entirely, but it was still something I wanted to do.
Post # 14
Thank you so much everyone for the help! I just had a complete mental block about it! I’m sure if a couple gets to a table and there are two seats left that are “alone” people will move around to accomodate them. I’d really prefer NOT to have to do the seats, just the tables! It’s interesting to hear everyone’s responses.
@barbie86: I like the idea of having the name cards, but at this point I think I’m going to give up unless my Mom really wants us to go that extra mile. 🙂 My venue will also get a detailed list of the guests so that they can assist with anyone who is confused/forgot what they ordered, etc.
We were thinking of putting all the place cards ON the table for the guests to grab them when they sit down (so the waitstaff can see at a glance who gets what) but still letting the guests sit where they want. I was originally thinking a sign listing everyon’s names at the table, but don’t know how I could get that to look nice with the centerpieces. Does it sound OK to just have the cards sitting on the table, then when you get to the table you take your place card?