Post # 1
I’m planning on having 3 very long tables at my reception for guests. But it just dawned on me that there’s no way I could just assign people to sit at Table #1 or 2 or 3.
Should I have a map to direct guests where to sit? How would this work?
Post # 3
I did a “map” of sorts because we had 2 tables. It’s going to sound a bit more confusing than I think it was–it seemed to work out fine when people had to find their places.
We divided each one into quadrants according to the cardinal directions. So each table had 4 options: NE/NW/SE/SW. We drew a diagram and then had the names listed underneath. When we listed each person’s name, they had the table number and the quadrant: “John Doe – 1, SW” or “Mary Smith – 2, NE.”
Each table had signs on it that had “Table 1, SE” or whatever.
…Sorry if that sounds involved and confusing–it was the only way we could think of how to do it, and it DID appear to work! But another option, if you feel a little “free” with your decor, is to think about using different shades of colors for the napkins (if your colors are say, blue and white, then think about using all the shades of blue, from navy to ice for the napkins and people can find their way by color). You can also put in slightly different flower arrangements at different sections. OR, you can simply label 1, 2, or 3 and give people enough time to find their chair!
Post # 5
You could do place cards instead of escort cards, meaning you assign a particular seat to each guest instead of just assigning the table.
Post # 6
We are doing the same thing and I had the same question. This is what we decided:
We are having long rows of tables that are made out of 3 eight foot long tables, which is about 24 feet total. Instead of having one tablecloth to cover the entire length of the table (because I don’t think a table cloth that long exist). We will be covering each 8ft table with its own table cloth before they are put into rows. This helps create a distinction amongst the tables (you can see where each 8 foot table starts and stops). Each 8ft table will have its own table number. So, the first row of tables will be tables 1, 2, and 3. The second row will be tables 4, 5, and 6, etc. we will still have the traditional escort/place cards and I feel comfortable with this because I have confidence that my guest will be smart enough to figure it out.
I hope that makes sense, and I hope that helps.