(Closed) tips for making a seating arrangement?!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: did you do a seating chart?
    yes - our venue required it : (3 votes)
    11 %
    yes - we wanted too : (22 votes)
    79 %
    naw - no need : (3 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I took a big poster project board .. drew circles on it (17 in your case) .. wrote names on color coordinated sticky notes (co-workers, my family, his family, school friends, etc) and then started putting post its at tables — that way it was easy to move around.

    As far as meal choices I’m not so sure — I know some people did different colored place cards to let servers know

    We were short lots of RSVPs — the last 2 weeks before the wedding we did lots of calling and emailing and then if I couldn’t get in touch with them they didn’t have a seat .. if they came I figured they would be on their own for figuring something out.

    Post # 5
    46404 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You can also use small colored jewels or stickers to indicate choice of entree.

    Escort Cards: Taffy Edition

    Here are some more ideas:

    different illustrations  rubber stamps colored butterflies

    Post # 6
    48 posts
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I was in a wedding at the end of may and this is what they did to let the servers know who ordered what… for instance my husband and I were on the same card… so it said our names and then she put these little stone type things, on the card! so for instance i ordered the beef and he had chicken. there was a pink stone for beef and a yellow stone for chicken, on the seat card! hope that helps! OH and there is a website that you can go to to help out with seating charts… it’s called toptableplanner.com

    Post # 7
    356 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My venue told us that we would just have to let them know how many of what sat at each table, like table 1 has 5 steaks and 2 chickens and 1 veggie,  They didnt care who was eating one, just wanted to make sure they brought the right amount to the right table.

    Post # 10
    48 posts
    • Wedding: February 2010

    @wifegoodman:  you’re welcom… I hope it helped some atleast! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 11
    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I did mine in Excel (or maybe Numbers… can’t remember). I blocked off sets of cells that roughly resembled the arrangement of the tables. Then at the bottom of the sheet, I made groups of people who had to sit together (social units, nuclear families) and then who would like to sit together and started dropping the names from there into the cells above. It wasn’t that complicated. I hope I explained it well.

    Anyway, then I made a list for the caterer of everyone at each table (by table) and their food order and I put an icon on the back of each escort card (PS, you probably mean escort, not place, card in your post) of a cow’s head, a fish, or a carrot to indicate steak, fish, or vegetarian.

    Post # 12
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I did a seating chart, and my venue said to print on the escort cards the meals. So what I did was got my cards at hobby lobby, they have silver hearts on them and I used the white address labels and on one side I put the name and table # and on the other side the meal. It worked out great!

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