Post # 1
so…how does the seating chart actually work?
we are having a served plated menu with options. so my venue suggested me having a seating chart.
how do you sit so many people, and how will they know there is a seating chart.
how are you doing it?
Post # 3
well, usually at the entrance to the reception there is a table with escort cards on it. Each card has a guest’s name and table number. Each table has a number as well. This way the guests know which table they are at. if you want guests to sit in specific seats at the table you would place a place card with the guest’s name at every seat.
alternatively some people have a large list at the entrance, listing every guest and which table they are to sit at.
there are plenty of different fun options for escort and place cards as well as lists. Just google the terms or look for them on any wedding website.
Post # 4
If your question was more who to put where–that will take you a few hours but basically, give the most important people (parents etc) the PRIME tables, if you have something with kids, put some thought into that, then, you can group people in many ways but mostly choose people of similar age whom you think would be interested in talking with one another. Usually the younger set of singles is grouped together, couples etc, also in some cases it makes sense to put people from the same geographical area at one table-even if they dont know one another. Whatever you do dont put all work friends together–give them a chance to meet other people. I am also grouping people who may have met but not seen each other in several years so they can reconnect. You dont need one theme for the whole venue, just take it table by table–if it would make up a decent dinner party-then you know it is a good grouping.
Post # 5
A good tip I heard was to sit older people near the dance floor. They may not dance, but they still feel close to the action, instead of being relegated to a corner.
Post # 6
Escort cards or place cards! Here is what I am doing…
I had my mom and fmil sit down and figure out the family seating, and my fh and I are figuring out the rest, basing it on personality.
Post # 7
An easy way to do a seated dinner is to place the cards on each table and then have a large seating chart created listing each guest and their table number.
I create these for my brides frequently, but you can order them online as well: http://www.documentsanddesigns.com