Post # 1
I have been dreading this since the day is said yes!! And everyone has an input on his your suppose to do it! my Future Mother-In-Law says that we dont need a seating chart, only for the family.
I refuse to do “open seating”. So we decided to assign tables to ur guest but not specify seating. so my question is….where do we start? How you ladies started your yet? Do you have a method to your madness? Pictures are welcome!
**also im still expecting over a 100 rsvp however i know people that are for sure coming so i at least want to get started**
Post # 3
I started with an excel spreadsheet.
I numbered the columns and then I started going down my master guest list, putting names where I thought they should go – until I was done with list.
On that first run, I didn’t care if I put too many or too few people at a table. After I was done with the entire guest list and everyone was on my spreadsheet, I then refined them.
I had a handful of tables that were my problem children and some that I thought would be difficult but were super easy.
Good luck! It can be fun 🙂
Post # 4
It sucks. but it is worth it. I actually cut out circles and laid them out on the table, and wrote everyone’s name on a skinny post it note so I could move people around until we got it right. It took us like a week! Put family and close relatives close to your head table (if you have one). Put young friends by the dance floor. Put older people away from the speakers. Put parents of small children around each other. It will all work out – and in the end, it’s just a seat, hopefully they’ll be up moving around instead!
Post # 5
@oracle: that sounds scary! excel scares me!! But thank you!! im going to try it!
Post # 6
@eliwhit: thats more like it! i think im doing popscicle sticks to can move them as i need to. im going to get started to night….
thank you ladies!
Post # 7
@MrsStrawberry24: excel doesn’t scare me – so maybe that’s why it worked for me. I’ve had friends make big charts and write names on post it notes and arrange it that way – but I’d be too paranoid I’d lose some of the stickies and all that paper floating around would drive me bonkers.
I’d think a dry erase board could also work 🙂 but I liked the fact that you could move people around and save changes and not look at it for (yet know the info was all safely stored!)
Post # 8
Not to send you to another site, but weddingwire and the knot have little programs where you can upload your guest list and arrange tables.
Post # 9
@Westwood: i heard about the knot? is it complicated?
Post # 10
@MrsStrawberry24: Not really. ScottSouth and I just started one yesterday (despite the fact that we still have a lot of RSVPs out there). On TheKnot’s planner, you can name each table, decide the number of chairs, etc. We named our tables by the kind of people we were putting together, like “Old Liberals” or “Wedding Party” or “Boring People’.
Post # 11
@sarasouth: ok that sounds easy and fun! i think we are going to take the poster board idea… with the post it notes. that way we can move people as need be. im more of a visual kind of person!
Post # 12
@sarasouth: Bahaha, I love this. I’d so do this on our tag board, but I’m scared Future In-Laws would see it. LOL.
I can’t start mine yet because we’re waiting on over 300 guests, so that could really mess w/ how many tables we need and who pairs best with who. But I do plan to start labeling my post-its this weekend with the names of the pple that can come.
Question- Did anyone have an SO who was NOT for a seating chart? Mr.ND is still really fighting it. I don’t know why his family thinks that 350-450 people will quickly and easily sort themselves into tables of ten?!
Post # 13
Make up an excel spreedsheet with all your guests and go through and number each guest to a table number . I would plan for 8 guests per table. I would start with your family tables and groups of guests that know each other. As they are the easy ones! If you have 10 guests that know each other well . I would split up 6 and 4 that table. From there you will have some some random people who dont know anyone. Try to sit them with people would have similar interests, work in same field and sit them with people that might know someone at that table. At least the two couples at the table will start a conversation and the couples who dont know anyone will hopefully join in!
Post # 14
I made another sheet on my excel spreadsheet after my guestlist and numbered the columns. I just started adding people in and saw were I was. I then cut and pasted names until the tables were full.
I was just going to do open seating at first, with a couple reserved tables for parents & grandparents. Then people said they were going to go 1+ hours early to put their coats on tables. This made me mad, so I did a seating chart!
Once the band started people were up and about mingling and dancing and just went were they wanted to.
Post # 15
I’m just going to add a column for table numbers to the excel spreadsheet that I already have. Then I can add just the number, and “sort” by number to see who I’ve got sitting together, and adjust as neccesary! I’m normally a very visual person, but I’ve got everything in this file already, so it just makes sense to keep it all together 🙂