(Closed) This may be a stupid question

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think it’s more for bigger weddings so it’s not a free for all and people take seats from elsewhere or something? Not sure sorry, but free bump!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Seating charts (like map styles or big lists) are helpful if the tables are named vs. numbered so people know where the tables are, if the bride uses place cards vs. escort cards (assigning a seat vs just a table) or if you’re using tables that are anything but rounds.

You’ll definitely want to assign at least a table to guests (using escort cards, but many people just call them placecards) to cut down on guest confusion and needing more seats in the room than guests since they often won’t fill tables the same way as if you assigned it.

Hope that helps!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Some like it, some don’t.

It may be so that people don’t take a long time to sit down and figure out “who’s going to sit with who.” Some people do a seating chart to help mix the two families so that they converse and mingle together–some do the exact opposite. The only drawback to a seating chart is that people can feel “separated” from one another.

It’s just a preference, really. I did a seating charting for my mother’s wedding a couple of years ago and it was a lot of work–but nothing strenuous.

P.S. I wish I could find a 100 foot long table and just seat everyone at one big table. I don’t favor seating charts, but can give a sense of order if that’s what you want.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Mainly its to ensure that groups of people get to sit together and that tables have guests that either know each other or have something in common. Assigned seats make it easier for everyone to go into the reception without having to race to get a seat with their family or friends. Also, I think seating charts are sometimes required by venues for served plated meals.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Seating charrs make sure that everyone has a place to sit, often with like minded or similar groups (putting together all the 20 something college friends, cousins, etc). it ensures that big parties/familes can sit together as a unit. It eliminates confusion on the part of guests. Also you can ensure that important guests like grandparents are seated near the front or exits or wherever.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

In addition to the reasons listed above, I have a lot of families at my wedding and I don’t think they would have an easy time sitting at the same table otherwise. With a seating chart I can put my aunt’s family of 3 with my uncle’s family of 5. I can also do a singles table for my hs friends who all don’t have boyfriends.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@SweetHoneyBee:  I hate weddings without a seating chart. I don’t want to be jockeying with other people for a seat. What if I get stuck sitting at a table with people I don’t know having to make small talk for hours? Or worse they kinda just ignore you because they know the other people at the table.

Just thinking about this makes me anxious.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Treeline:  I have to agree with you! 🙂 Seating charts can make people feel more comfortable if they are around people they like and can converse with while having a good time, haha.

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