(Closed) Too many tables?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I went to a wedding that had pictures instead of numbers.  It was a little challenging.  But I thought it was kind of fun to hunt our table down.  I’m not sure if everyone would feel that way.

How about if you write the song titles, and place cards each in different colors?  Then they might stand out more.  Or for have each card stock a different color, (of course coordinating with the name placecards.) I know there are several tables, so maybe some can be solid colors, others can be patterns like toile, floral, stripes, etc.  Or if that would clash too much with your color scheme, how about have the placecards and table cards be each a different shape.  It doesn’t totally prevent hunting around, but it is easier to spot over just words.

Maybe you could put the songs in alphabetical order, outside of the few specific ones you mentioned???

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

With that many tables, I do think that you need to at least arrange them in alphabetical order.  You could also give the tables both a name and a number.  The order imposed by the numbers (or alphabetical order) will at least give guests an idea of what part of the room to look in.

A table map is also a good idea, and it doesn’t have to be just a boring chart.  There have been several really cute examples posted, and I’m sure you can find more if you surf around.

Post # 6
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve experienced this a ton, though not with a wedding, with Navy Balls!!  With 27 tables, your guests will NEED a table poster!!  You could make it 3-D and very cute, and I know that I always look for this first, because even if the tables are numbered and in order, you still don’t know where it starts, you still need a map!  I would make it something cute that all the guests want to look at, then they won’t just pass by it!

Post # 7
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you have people helping you at the venue?  You could have a few designated people that have table charts and help guests find their seats.  

Most ideas were taken…. just throwing another out there~!

Post # 8
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Hmmm…  are you planning on having the standard business card size escort cards? Perhaps you could do a larger card (maybe 3×5 or a bit larger) & have the map on the back of each card. You could then just color in that particular guest’s table so they have an idea of where it is in the room. 

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Maybe you could color coordinate the table numbers as well… since there are 27 tables, say if your colors were pink and green, you could put 9 tables (grouped in the same part of the room) in pink, 9 in green, and 9 in white. That way instead of weeding through 27 tables, they go to their color section and look through 9 tables. I made a quick chart to show you what I mean. I hope this helps so you don’t have to make a custom map for each person!


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