Post # 1
I am not having a seating arrangement for my wedding. It’s not very common to have a seating chart in my area, and also my mother was very against it! (I wanted one in the beggining, but have since let it go!) I am not sure why, but maybe it is seen as snobish to have one in my rural area.)
I think it would be nice to at least to provide escort cards for people to put next to their seat in order for them to save it, as well as others to see who is sitting were. My ceremony and reception are at the same place, and thier is a little bit of a gap to allow for photos and mingling before the reception. I want my guests to feel free to find thier seats, put any purses down and not have to worry about having thier seat taken by another guest.
I’ve been kind of back and forth on this idea, but today I had the idea of making mini chalkboards and placing them at each seat. There would be a piece of chalk at each table for each guest to write their names on and save thier seat.
Somthing like this
Do you think this is a good idea? As a guest would you use this (Please assume that a seating chart is not common, most of my guests will not be put out by no seating chart)
Post # 10
I’ve only been to one wedding without a seating chart and really didn’t like the idea because of the risk of a group you come with not being able to sit together (we didn’t know it was a free for all or we would have planned to get there earlier). We did luck out and find an open table that fit us all though, and it sounds like you are already set on no seating chart.
With that said, I LOVE the chalkboards. Looks like a TON of work if you are going to make them though. I agree that a poem will help people know what they are for. Be prepared though for people to use them to write secret messages to each other and make funny drawings! At least that’s what our friends would do (especially with alcohol involved!!) But, if you don’t mind that, it sounds like a lot of fun and like entertainment for the table between courses!
Post # 11
I’m a table assignment person 100% but if not, I love this idea!
Post # 12
To avoid having a bunch of mini-chalkboards leftover, you can buy chalkboard labels and affix them to cardstock or something.
Here’s an Etsy seller that has ’em: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BradensGrace
although I think that you could also find them from traditional retailers (Michael’s, Staples, etc.)
PS–Escort cards tell people which table they are at (they “escort” you to your table), but they do not dictate which seat you take at the table. Place cards tell you which seat is yours. Most weddings these days have escort cards, but place cards are more rare. Would your mom go for table assignments, without the actual seat assignments?