Post # 1
Fiance and I don’t plan to do a full seating chart. We’re going to have a few reserved family tables (which is more because his parents are divorced than anything) but other than that we’re going to let guests sit where they want.
We have always hated being forced to sit places at a wedding- the last time, we were stuck halfway across the room from people we knew, and ended up pulling our chairs over right after dinner.
However, I also love the look of table numbers. IDK why. I’ve already had a million ideas for table numbers that would go with our centerpieces, but then I think “Why even have a table number if you’re not telling people where to sit?”
What do the rest of you think? Are table numbers only used when you have a seating chart? Has anybody else had table numbers or signs when they didn’t assign seats?
Post # 3
Why not just name the table/do numbers without assigning seating? At that point, it just becomes more decorative than functional which I think is fine.
We did movie posters as our table numbers. We had assigned seating because of a plated dinner, but they would have looked cool even if we didnt need them.
Post # 4
It will still work to have table numbers as part of your decor. If you are having a buffet style meal, you could have the DJ announce table numbers to help the buffet line run smoothly.
Post # 5
I think it might get confusing for guests if you have table numbers but no seating assignments. If you need to reserve tables you could have signs that say ‘Reserved 1’ and ‘Reserved 2’ and so on until you have enough reserved. You could then tell your families which tables they’re at.
Post # 6
I sort of agree with everyone above. If you have NUMBERS, I think people may get confused, but if they are just themed tables, you would probably be ok, and I think themed tables are really fun! Also, I agree with teh PP that it could be helpful with a buffet as well!
Post # 7
i think table numbers without assigned seating would just be confusing. themed tables might be okay, but really just seem totally unnecessary.
Post # 8
Just use your ideas for reserved signs for the tables you are holding for you and your families. Don’t do numbers on the other tables.
Post # 9
I did table numbers without assigned seating at my wedding and it worked out just fine!
Post # 10
@zippylef: I know this post was a while ago, but we are thinking of doing this also. how did you get the posters to stand up? Put them in frames with stands? How big were your posters? Thanks!