The New Mrs. Pool
Devoted August 2014

Assigned Tables....Need Advice...

The New Mrs. Pool, on July 9, 2014 at 5:23 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 21
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Okay so initially FH and I agreed to have about 5 tables reserved and then the others would be open seating. However, after I started thinking about it, I want assigned tables for everyone. I figure, I'd rather assign the tables to ensure everyone is in good company. That way, no one is at a table with someone they don't know or older guests aren't stuck at a table with younger guests. However, I want to make this as PAINLESS as possible. I don't want to do escort cards because that becomes too tedious. How can I implement assigned tables in the easiest way possible without having to do too much work. The hard part of actually assigning the tables has already been done. I was thinking about putting up two 8 1/2 by 11 picture frames on the table at the front of the room by the door that both show the same list of guests and their tables. That way they can glance quickly for their names when they walk into the reception room and seated after they find their name. Any other ideas?

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  • Kelly
    Dedicated May 2015
    Kelly ·

    I like the picture frame idea, but I would go a little bit bigger than 8x11 and I would put it all one one picture frame.

  • Finally mrs.jkr
    Master June 2015
    Finally mrs.jkr ·

    You could also get a poster made with all of the assignments on it and put it in a frame and have that at the front of the room. That's what I'm going to do

  • Milwaukee_Bride
    VIP August 2014
    Milwaukee_Bride ·

    I would make it poster size at least. That way it's easy to read and easy to spot.

    My friend did a large poster frame and did it alphabetically - it was nice and super easy for people to find where they were seated.

  • Lyssa
    Super January 2015
    Lyssa ·

    I agree with Milwaukee and Mrs.JKR, a framed poster will definitely do the trick and alphabetical order is a brilliant idea.

  • .
    Master October 2013
    .... ·

    A poster framed nicely would be fine. I went to one that had a spreadsheet in a binder once. It was small and confusing. Big poster, large print, ideally 2 at different locations near the entrance, where they can check during cocktail hour so there isn't a clusterfuck when the reception room opens (if yours is different from cocktail hour/ceremony)

  • alyshadanielle
    Master April 2015
    alyshadanielle ·

    I bought a framed cork board at Hobby Lobby to put on an easel at the entrance of the reception. I plan on typing up names for each table on cardstock, cutting it out real pretty, then posting it on the board. The picture below is the only one I could find that is anything similar to my idea.


  • Emma
    Master October 2024
    Emma ·

    How about a chalkboard with table assignments?

  • The New Mrs. Pool
    Devoted August 2014
    The New Mrs. Pool ·

    Thanks for your suggestions ladies. Great ideas. You ladies inspired me to do some research. There is a site called Zazzle and they have poster boards that are already designed and you can add the guest names to tables. I will use this instead of the picture frames. Thanks again for your help.

  • alyshadanielle
    Master April 2015
    alyshadanielle ·

    Where do I find them on Zazzle? I want to check them out!

  • Shannon S.
    Master March 2011
    Shannon S. ·

    I would do a poster, and list guests alphabetically by last name with their table number. "

    Joe Aaron, 4

    Sarah Barnes, 3

    etc.

    If you have

    Table One,

    John Smith,

    Susie Jones,

    etc"

    Table Two

    Generic Name One

    Generic Name Two,

    it will take people forever to find their assignment, because they'll have to scan through the whole list, and it will hold up the line.

  • Be You Tifful
    Super July 2014
    Be You Tifful ·

    Her is a sneak peek a mine. IT will be on the welcome table


  • Shannon S.
    Master March 2011
    Shannon S. ·

    Wait...Be You, do you not have a groom yet?

  • Be You Tifful
    Super July 2014
    Be You Tifful ·

    Yes Shannon I'm getting married in 10 days. Its A preview of my display

  • Koch Bride
    Master September 2014
    Koch Bride ·

    You can also get poster's made at Kinko's Might be a little less expensive!

  • The New Mrs. Pool
    Devoted August 2014
    The New Mrs. Pool ·

    If you go to zazzle.com and type in seating charts. Or you can google assigned seating charts for weddings, then it should pull it up. You can create your tables and if there are not enough tables on the design, you can contact the lady and she will do it for you as long as you provide her your list of names and tables. That's what I'll have to do.

  • Milwaukee_Bride
    VIP August 2014
    Milwaukee_Bride ·

    Http://www.zazzle.com/wedding+reception+seating+chart+gifts

    sorry keep editing for the URL - it's being dumb.

    here's the zazzle link for those interested!

  • The Mrs R
    Master May 2014
    The Mrs R ·

    Here's a picture of what we did. We organized a spreadsheet on Excel that had everyone alphabetized and had the table number next to their name. I then bought a $13 template off Etsy and the girl sent me a PDF file later the same night I bought it with the design in my picture. Then I took the PDF file to our local Office Max and had them print it on a glossy poster sheet. We then bought a canvas from Hobby Lobby and mounted it! It looked great and was very inexpensive.

    Here's the Etsy seller we used incase you're interested. I thought her price was fantastic:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/ktwi?ref=l2-shopheader-name


  • Be You Tifful
    Super July 2014
    Be You Tifful ·

    @the mrs R i used the same seller!!

  • The Mrs R
    Master May 2014
    The Mrs R ·

    Be You - wasn't she great?! It seriously took like only 2 hours to get the final version after I ordered it.

  • The New Mrs. Pool
    Devoted August 2014
    The New Mrs. Pool ·

    Hi Ladies. I decided to take your advice. I was initially going to buy a seating chart, but decided to make one myself. Please tell me your thoughts. The only thing that is missing our the names and table numbers. I'm going to finish that tomorrow and paste the names on white paper and glue them on top of the blue columns so that a little blue will show underneath.


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