(Closed) Seating Charts

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was going ot do a seating chart but i too was too lazy to do one and it worked out perfectly. Everyone sat with whom they wanted to. I only made sure noone sat at the reserved tables.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you’re having a plated dinner, service will definitely be slower if you don’t do a seating chart because the staff will have to stop at every table, diagram out who’s getting what and then go pick up the plates from the kitchen.  It’s also a bit of a nightmare-ish for the kitchen because folks tend to change their minds or “forget” what they ordered, so you start running out of whatever looks the best to everyone that day and then folks are upset when you get to the end and you don’t have enough of one of the entrees to finish.  Can you tell I used to be a catering manager…?  Wink

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Ashley1281:  Definitely also check with the venue to see if they’ll let you allow guests to choose the day of if you want to go that route.  Some won’t do it that way…the venue that I worked for wouldn’t, but some do allow that.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m doing assigned tables but not assigned seating.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did assigned tables for plated service but not assigned seating. The caterer had us fill out a sheet with table assignments, # of people at each, and order they should be served (for example, maybe the parents are at table 3 so that should go first). This also assists with dietary restrictions and allergies so they know which table has the special diet guest. Our plated all had the same items, but when I’ve gone to weddings in the past, the escort card had a symbol/letter to reflect my entree choice. The service staff usually will verify with the guest, just in case.

If you do buffet, you still have to have your DJ excuse tables up to get served so unless you don’t care which table goes when, it is still helpful to assign tables.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I orginially wasn’t going to do a seating chart, but since DH’s family and mine were going to meet for the very first time that day I didn’t want everything to be so divided. I ended up doing assigned tables and assigned seating and it turned out to be the best. We had a very small wedding so I was able to put people together that I knew would get along and everyone had a blast. So I don’t think its a ‘have to’ thing, I just wanted to avoid some people sitting alone or next to complete shy strangers.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i did assigned seating b/c of the guests’ meal choices.  i made a seating plan spreadsheet for the venue and placecards at each table, colour-coded to assist the servers.  they knew exactly how many of each meal was going to each table and knew who was receiving it once they got to the table.  it was very, very easy to organize.  the service was flawless and venue was so appreciative.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m doing assigned tables.  I feel it will give the process more order.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am doing assigned tables because I don’t want people who would not be happy together stuck at a table together.  I am ok mixing groups of people at tables but I want them to at least be around people they will enjoy and not argue politics with.  My fiance and I are very liberal.  So we have mostly liberal friends, my family is mostly moderate Democrats although some of my family is more moderate Republican and his family is mostly conservative Republican with a few conservative Democrats.  Got to keep the political alignments in mind because everyone loves talking politics.  /headdesk.  There are also a few divorces to keep in mind–they are on decent terms but would probably have a better time not sitting at the same table as their ex.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I hate going to weddings without a seating chart, it’s like a free for all in there and if you don’t scope out a place and try to find someone you know then you have to make small talk and feel out of place through dinner. It’s basically high school lunch room all over again.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Ashley1281:  The only weddings I’ve been to without a seating chart are the ones that take place in the middle of the country, it might be cultural. On both the coasts they have had a seating chart, and I know at my wedding people are going to be flying in from all over and most haven’t really met outside a particular group (family, Fiance family, old family friends (his/mine), college friends (his/mine), grad school friends, work friends) so there’s no way that would be comfortable for anyone. Mostly it’s going to be a room full of strangers that either have me or him in common and that’s it.

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