(Closed) To Have a Seating Chart… Or Not To Have a Seating Chart……

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

im not having one…. i just think its more trouble than its worth. plus my wedding will be very casual and i hate to tell people where they have to sit. that being said i really think it depends on your guest list. 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t care two figs about a seating chart. There’s only x number of seats, and my guests are adults. They can figure it out.

Trust me, the table doesn’t care who sits at it or who doesn’t. Who cares if some tables don’t have people sitting at them? If my guests want to put their elbows in the butter because they crammed 12 people into a 8 person table, that’s on them, not me.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not having one.. To me seating charts are for huge, super formal weddings. I realize thats not exactly how it is but thats how I vision it. If you want yours to be laid back or casual where everyone can mingle & have a good time I wouldn’t worry about it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re only having escort cards with the table number.  Our guests are so clashing that it just makes it a little easier.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would have one.  Though 75 may seem “small” or “casual”, it’s still a lot of people.  I think it will make things go more smoothly because people will know where they need to go so they won’t have to ask strangers if the seats at their table are taken, they won’t be “squeezing” to make more room, and you can ensure everyone actually has a place to sit.  I doubt the seating chart will take you that long, so it would be worth the hour to make sure your guests are comfortable and your reception is smooth.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i think its better not to have one so you dont have to have people sitting with people they dont want to or people they dont know. if my cousin doesnt want to sit next to his mom and wants to sit next to his aunt then cool…cuz ya know what we dont have a seating chart =)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m having one for my 100 person wedding. I don’t want people to end up sitting with nobody they know because there’s only one seat left at a table or anything like that. Also, I’m having pretty much an exact amount of chairs so that I don’t have to waste money on extra centerpieces or chair sashes.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think you should at least do table assignments. It will save a lot of confusion and also eliminate the too many people at one table, not enough people at another table, and only one seat available at each table type of situations. We are only having 24 guests and two tables, and I have assigned who sits where. I would have only assigned tables, but we have one child coming and their favor is different than the adult favors.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do all your guests know each other very well?  If so, let the guests figure it out.

If not (which is more likely at a wedding), please make your guests have to do less work.  As a guest who has been in that situation — PLEASE make table assignments!  It’s HORRIBLE and awkward to realize you and your date are the last at your table and have to find alternate tables with strangers.  Our rehearsal dinner was 80 people and we assigned tables (not seats).  Just make it as easy as possible on your guests.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How many extra seats will you have available?

We are having a smallish wedding too – inviting around 100 people. That’s going to be really tight in our small venue, and we’ll only just have enough seats. So we’re doing a assigned tables, so that we don’t end up with tables with just a few empty chairs, and then wind up with some people who don’t get a seat because of that.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As someone who often goes alone to weddings and knows no one else there…I REALLY appreciate a seating chart Laughing I’ve been to weddings without seating charts, and it’s just so awkward for me…

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re doing table assignments – I’ve been stuck on the awkward side of the no-where-to-sit mess before and don’t want to do it to anyone else!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m having one for the purpose of making my guests feel comfortable.  We have a lot of friends and family that may only know one or two people there.  Also some friends that may not really know anyone there.  We are strategically placing people so that they will be sitting with people they at least somewhat know and don’t get stuck with like my fiance’s drunk sister or something.  I’ve been to a weddings before where I didn’t know anyone and I wish they had a seating chart and put me with some younger people so it wasn’t so awkward trying to find a table to sit at. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did table assignments and I’m glad I did.  I had several groups of friends/family and I wanted to make sure that people seated together had something in common, and I wanted to make sure that families or couples didn’t end up seperated.  I really think things went much more smoothly because I had the table assignments!  🙂

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