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 # 3
I think it’s really cute, but I’d never use it again, and would probably leave it on the table at the end of the night.
Post # 4
I think they’re cute too! I would probably take mine because I like crafty cute stuff.
Post # 5
I can see alot of confused looks, as in, what am I supposed to do with this? Sorry. I like the chalkboards, but unless they have a table number, I wouldn’t know to use it to save my seat.
Post # 6
It’s cute, but I don’t think people would know what purpose it serves. I think you’ll need to create some kind of explanation and make it very, very obvious to people so they read it.
You’re also going to have to buy more than the number of guests if you put them at every seat. When you have completely open seating, you need to have an extra table (or more, depending on the size of your guest list) because groups will sit together and leave empty seats between themselves or you’ll just end up with groups seated together that don’t fill out a table but don’t leave enough seats for the parties left wandering the hall last.
Post # 7
I love it!! I’d put a cute little poem with them. .
See these chalkboards?
They’re pretty sweet!
Use the one with your name
To save your seat
Post # 8
I would need an explanation but after it was explained I’d think it was a good idea and I would use it.
Post # 9
Cute idea. The only danger I see of going without a seating chart is that your guests can park it wherever they want! And what if that means they’re taking up the tables closest to the head table, where your parents and closest family should be seated? It can also be awkward when tables are almost full – 7 out of 8 chairs, instead of all 8. What will the couples do that got to the reception a bit later? Just a thought.
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?