(Closed) Table Arrangement + Seating Arrangement or just Table Arrangements

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
46613 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Apple12Crumble:  I will not address the issue of assigned seating dealing with the issue of making sure that there are not gaps at some tables and other tables where people are pulling up extra chairs, nor the situation where there are one empty seat at two tables and a couple has to split up to be seated. You can read about those problems in other posts.

If you don’t have assigned seating, you can have escort cards which indicate the guest’s name and their choice of entree. They carry them to the table of their choice. The waiters then know their choice of entree.

The entree can be indicated by a stamp, colored sticker, different color cardstock etc.



It is also not unusaal for waiters to just ask each guest what entree they chose, or, as you experienced, announce what entree they were carrying and have the guests claim one.

Post # 4
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@Apple12Crumble:  sorry just wanted to say that I live in the UK and am getting married in GTO as well. 🙂 

in answer to your question I think the servers know how many of which is on the tables and have a list in case someone forgets. Also, anyone like me with a dietary requirement usually just let the waiters know when they sit down. 

Post # 5
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve never been to a wedding where I was assigned a specific seat. I’ve always just been assigned to a table and sat down at random at the table.

Post # 6
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve never been to a wedding where there was assigned seating – to me that is just a little bit too much and very time consuming. I rather just worry about who sits at what table and leave it at that.

Me and FH went to his cousins wedding and we had to choose in advance our meal. I was a little confused when the serves came around and said “beef or chicken” since we had given the bride what we wanted ahead of time but I guess honestly there really is no other way. Unless a person has a dietary need the servers really don’t need to know the right meal. If it’s only 2 choices I would think the guest would remember what they chose to eat.

Post # 7
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

This is what happened at a friend’s wedding last year: Just table assignments and no seating assignments. Each person’s escort card had a colored strip of paper, like red=beef, white=chicken, etc. Most people just put the escort card on the table in front of them, so when the servers brought waters around, they also took note of what entrees to bring. 


If you want to do this too, but you’re afraid others will throw away their escort cards, then the servers can just ask people what they ordered. Or you can put some instructions on the escort table to just put their cards in front of them on the table or something. However, this is definitely something you need to coordinate with your venue/caterer.

Post # 8
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did escort cards that had flowers indicating what the persons choice was. Pink-beef, Orange-salmon, Green-Veggie


Post # 9
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Check with your venue because they may have a preference on which you do.

I agree with PP indicate name/meal on escort card, and then that person can put that card at their placesetting.

Here’s a vote for makingsure that the card is something that would be easy to identify standing behind someone… Like red cards for beef, pink cards for chicken, white cards for vegetarian and so on (so that the server can see it EASILY as they look at the table. 

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