Post # 1
We are doing a food and travel theme, so we will be using a giant map as a seating chart, along with the table names on it. Instead of numbers, we will be using the names of our favorite restaurants (ie: The Fat Duck, Au Petite Cafe, Roka, Cafe Bern, etc) on the map, so we’re not using a layout of the reception venue.
However, a good handful of guests don’t really speak English, and we have others where English is a second language for them. I’m worried that if they’re given table names that they’re not easily familiar with, it will be that much harder for them to find the table name amongst 20 tables. And in general, it will be tougher for all my guests to find their tables since they have to read the names, and there’s no numerical system.
How can I make it easier for my guests to find their table? Have people used both numbers and names together?
Post # 2
That’s a lot of tables to have guests wandering around looking for table names, even if they were all native English speakers. I’d do numbers and names together.
Post # 3
What if you put table numbers on the escort cards, and then made whatever signage you’re using for table numbers themed? You can still add the names of your favorite restaurants onto them in a smaller font, but people will be able to find their tables faster.
Post # 4
I’d use numbers and names together
Post # 5
Agree, numbers and names would be much easier. The table signs could follow your map-style.
Post # 6
Thanks for your input ladies, I will be doing that!
Post # 7
I had a table outside the reception with name cards and table number all in alphabetical order by last name- – people go to the table-before entering the reception room, find thier name and say OH LOOK here is MINK714 card and looks like they have me at Table 4!! – THen they go in!
Post # 8
The only times I never had a problem finding my seat at a wedding was when the waiters were standing at the entrance to check name cards and indicate where the table was or when guests were called table-by-table and led directly to their seats. Every other time it was a bit of a clusterfuck. I mean, it all works out in the end, but it’s a bit awkward to be wandering around the room trying to find your name, even if the tables are numbered/named well.
We’re having guests called table-by-table from the reception area and then led directly to their seat. We figure this will be easier for the guests and we won’t need to worry about escort cards or table maps or people not finding their seats. At first I thought it would be a bit like roll-call in kindergarten, but when I went to a wedding that did it the whole process went really smoothly and felt really natural.
Post # 9
Numbers and names together.