(Closed) Seating chart…?? Yes or no?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m doing by table, not by seat.

Post # 4
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’re doing a plated meal, you really have no choice but to do a seating chart. Otherwise the staff will have a very difficult time getting the meals together in a timely fashion. But there is nothing wrong with assigning people to just tables instead of individual seats.  

Post # 5
1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

I haven’t had a wedding, my mother has helped out with about 7 now, and I would always suggest a seating plan, it saves guests from so so much awkwardness trying to work out who to sit with or getting left by themselves. 


By table seems like a good idea 🙂 best of luck! 

Post # 6
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@katie1494:  How big is your guest list?

We had 130 people and we most certainly did a seating chart, it would have been crazy and chaotic if we hadn’t. We assigned people to a table only.

Post # 8
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve worked in the industry for 10 years and have attended hundreds of weddings. When there is no seating arrangement people tend to panic and mill around like lost sheep.  People like to be told where to sit in a situation where they might not know half the people in the room. 

I agree with pp, do it by table instead of seat.  People don’t spend a great deal of the night at tables anyway, they are usually up socializing. 

Post # 9
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was in the same position as you, I figured a smallish wedding (50 guests) plus buffet should mean no need for a seating chart.  I was wrong.  I asked our families, friends, ladies on the bee, and everyone basically said it’s so much less stress on your guests if you at least have assigned tables.  I ended up making puzzle piece escort cards with photos from our engagement shoot.  We’re putting extra seats at each table so guests can mix and mingle once they’ve found their table.

Post # 13
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@katie1494:  Can you imagine 230 people trying to choose a seat? I can’t, that would be crazy. I would recommend for that many people at least assigning them to tables.

Post # 14
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I also think its gonna be a major pain in the butt but we are planning to do a seating chart by table.

We have a few single friends and also a few couples who won’t know anyone else there so I’d rather pick a table for them so they don’t awkwardly have to find a place to sit.

Also there are a few couples we know of who don’t get along (small town) so we’ll likely seat their tables on opposite sides.  We don’t expect fights or anything that dramatic but again….awkward.

Post # 15
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m doing table assignments for exactly the reason you mention, plus I know certain people will want to be seated together and this makes it easier.

Post # 16
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

We are doing table assignments.

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