Post # 1
I heart the long table reception. We will have one table for ourselves and immediate families (10 total) and then, stretching out from our table, two long tables for the 70-odd guests. We are also having a choice of meals, so we are required to have assigned seating. I’ve been struggling with this, so I thought I’d put it out to the hive: How do I show people where their seats are? We’re talking 64 feet of table to wander around. I can do place cards and escort cards but, short of a map, how do I guide them to the approximate area? All I’ve come up with is numbering the sections and having a "section number" (or something more clever and meaningful than a number) instead of a "table number" written on the escort card. It seems kind of lackluster. Anyone have a better idea?
Post # 3
i’m on the 60-foot-long table bandwagon too! =) welcome!
we’re dividing each table up into 4 smaller "areas." though it’ll only be 1 table, it’ll have 4 numbers on it (1 will be in the first quarter, 2 in the second quarter, 3 in the 3rd quarter, 4 at the fourth quarter). that way people aren’t wandering around 60 feet of table 1 wondering where they’re seat is; there’s a smaller area of possible seats so it’s a little less confusing. if we end up doing numbers (rather than cool places we’ve been or something like that), we’re just writing "one" on the escort card, rather than "table one."
we’re also doing place cards (in addition to escort cards) for a few reasons: 1) we want to make sure that people are sitting with others they’ll like, 2) we want to keep some people separated, and 3) i think if people see that there are place cards and are looking for their name in a certain area of the table, it’ll be quicker for them and less awkward to figure out where to sit.
hope this helps!
Post # 4
I would say nix escort cards and do a seating chart and placecards. The seating chart (and I’ve seen some really pretty ones) directs them to the general vicinity and the placecard marks the spot. What about subdiving the table and naming it after continents? Actually a map-inspired design for that would be pretty cute. Naming each section after continents, famous peaks, world wonders? or putting lattitude and longitude? I was picturing someone hiring a sherpa, grabbing their compass, and setting out to reach the summit (i.e. their seat).
Post # 5
if you have "sections" how about using "love" in different languages??
depending on your personalities, you could name your sections in what interests you guys?? streets you’ve lived on?? cities youve lived in?? favorite ice creams flavors?? anythign really
my cousin loves choco – so she named her sections after her favorite chocolates…
we’re not doin the long table thing, but we’re naming our tables fter baseball stadiums…
have fun with it!!