Post # 1
Totally not fun, I think I just finished my seating arrangements for 116 guests, pending my SO review of everything. I can’t imagine having a larger wedding with 200 + guests, this was a pain in the ass.
Thank god my wedding is considered small! LOL
Post # 3
Luckily, we’re only inviting 65ish, and expecting 40ish to show.. much much much easier than 100+! I’m glad we kept ours small!
Post # 4
Holy crap. I don’t think I’ve met 116 people in my whole life.
Post # 5
@mishagirls79: I am dreading when this time comes! I have 90 people and a good idea of who will be coming so I am going to almost do a pre-seating of generally knowing who goes where. I HOPE this makes it easier but who knows!
Post # 6
I honestly never understood the point of seating arrangments, I mean can’t adults just seat themselves with those they want? But this comes from my idea of a small 30-40 person park wedding with only close friends and family so I really wouldn’t know
Post # 8
I am not looking forward to doing the seating arrangement either, but of course I have to wait until all my rsvp’s come back just so I can start with a seating plan.
@mishagirls79: We are inviting 200 but aren’t expecting all to show up( I would’ve been happy with only my 50 closest friends and family..hehehe) What did you do to come up with your seating arrangement? Did you get a chance to see that layout of your tables yet? Did you use a spreadsheet of some sort did it by hand?
Post # 9
@ash064: a lot of guests (especially families) come in groups, so seating charts make sure that the families can sit together. yes, they are able to find their own seat, but when you have a larger wedding many tables end up having a couple seats left and some families may get split up. personally, i would rather go to a wedding that has a seating chart vs. doesn’t so i don’t have to worry about it.
Post # 10
I’m planning to assign tables but let the guests sort out where at the table they want to sit. The last wedding I attended (I was actually MOH) was totally unassigned. After doing the post-ceremony photos and helping the bride bustle her dress, by the time I walked in to the reception there was 1 seat left for me but none for my date. Totally awkward and led to a whole slew of other problems! So in order to avoid that I want to make sure everyone at least has a designated table.
How do you decide who sits with who? People who know each other together? Or mix it up to encourage mingling?
Post # 11
It’s not too bad. (We had 100 guests, tables of 8-10). We grouped people by who they know. So we put family groups together, and friends together.
There are always a few “leftovers” – a little group which doesn’t fit a whole table – and when that happened we grouped them with other people roughly the same age. But I think we had everyone at a table where they (or their date) knew at least a couple of other people.
And there is a real sense of satisfaction when you’re done!
Post # 12
Yes it’s a nightmare! Wait til your parents get involved haha! 🙂
Post # 13
Our was pretty awful and we only had 25 people! Thing was we had one huge table for everyone so it was hard to make sure certain people werent too close to each other.
Post # 14
@proverbs131: I know the layout of our tables at our venue, 8-12 people per table, we kept each table between 8-10 people per table so everyone had room to spread out some.
Everytime I got a RSVP for a yes, I took that person off of my “waiting for RSVP” to a “guest entree selection/table number”. This way I knew who we were still waiting for a reply from, and I could keep track of our head count and entree selection.
Once I got all of my RSVPS I created a simple circle in word and printed out 14 pages, and started filling in guest names using a pencil to Table 1, 2, 3, 4, etc, until all guests were seated. Then rearranged people as needed as per my SO or his Mother-In-Law until everyone was satisified with the arrangement of our wedding guests. Once that was done, I figured out the entree choice per guest at each table.
Example our entree chocies weere Chicken Marsala (C), Prime, Rib (B), Salmon (F), Vegetarian (Veg), Chicken Finger & Fries for Kids (CF).
Table 1 has 9 guests
1 CF, 4 B, 1 F, 2 C, 1 Veg
This way our venue knew how many dishes of each meal went to each table. It’s just a lot of organzing and keeping track of everything. Once I finsihed this seating arragements I made my placecards, I actually just finished them today.
Post # 15
I’m not a really organized person, somehow I just can’t seem to get it right, so with the seating, I’m terrified!! but I figure I’ve got this far with only one meltdown, I should be able to muster through with this part.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I’m setting out tables and telling my guests to figure out where they want to sit. But we’re having a casual beachside BBQ so not having assigned seating won’t be weird.