Marshall17
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Pros and cons of a seating chart

Marshall17, on September 29, 2016 at 2:17 PM Posted in Planning 0 74
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I'm not sure why people would have a seating chart, I'm not planning on having on, but I'm curious if I should. Most of my guests are family but I have a huge family and so does FH. So we are expecting about 200 people. Do we need a seating chart?

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Latest activity by Alysa, on October 8, 2016 at 4:30 AM
  • M
    Master July 2015
    m ·
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    There are no cons.

    None.

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  • Sarah195
    Master October 2016
    Sarah195 ·
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    Yes you do! Otherwise you are going to have a table of 5 and one with 12 because everyone's trying to squeeze in and sit with people they know for example. It's worth the extra work to put one together.

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  • OG Dianna
    Master March 2017
    OG Dianna ·
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    200 people? Yes, do a seating chart. At least assign them to a particular table.

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  • A. L.
    Master July 2017
    A. L. ·
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    Pros: Your guests aren't forced to wander around your reception looking for a seat with strangers.

    Make a seating chart. There are no cons.

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  • alexis
    Dedicated October 2016
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    If you're cool with your own parents potentially sitting at different tables, go for it.

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  • M
    Master July 2015
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    Pro:

    1. People will know where to sit.

    2. You can ensure your hipster friend doens't sit next to your racist uncle (or wahtever dynamic)

    3. You will ensure that peopel you want closer, ie parents, are closer to you.

    4. You will not have people stealing chairs and settings from other table to fit into the one they want to sit at (happens most often).

    5. You will not have people feeling like the first day of 9th grade in the cafeteria, not knowing where to sit.

    6. Larger groups, ie families with kids, will not be split up because there's only 1 seat at table 5 and 3 seats at table 12.

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  • RealLindseyO
    Master October 2017
    RealLindseyO ·
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    There are 0 cons. For 200 people you should absolutely have a seating chart.

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  • FreshToDeathAng
    Master September 2016
    FreshToDeathAng ·
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    Wait, what?

    With that many people, I don't understand how this would work. It's impossible that everyone knows everyone at your reception.

    This would be mass chaos and awkwardness without assigned tables. Yikes.

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  • N
    Master October 2016
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    ..... yes you absolutely need a seating chart ,200 people is alot! 10 people at a table is 20 tables. That 20 tables people have to walk around and find people to sit with and find enough chairs for families. It is rude to make your guest do that. Be a good host and help your guests.

    the only con is the headache you are taking on instead of giving it to your 200 guests!

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  • Chip
    Master March 2018
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    Yes! or else you run into issues with guests trying to seat themselves without gaps or groups having to split up

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    Pros of a seating chart:

    - No chaos or panic of guests trying to find a seat with their significant other or friends or family

    - Your family and VIPs won't be stuck at the furthest table in the back Smiley smile

    - Your friends can sit with their friends, family with family, and vice versa

    - Your tables will be full because you won't have to worry about empty seats or half-full tables. And more tables = more money (more linens, more chairs, more place settings, more centerpieces)

    - If you're doing plated service your venue / caterer will know which meal selections to bring to which table!

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  • Blair Waldorf
    Master October 2017
    Blair Waldorf ·
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    When they're isn't a seating chart, couples tend to leave a seat between them and another couple which makes it hard for all couples to find seats, plus no one wants that awkward seat after the fact

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  • N
    Master October 2016
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    This is what I wrote for another post

    Pro: everyone knows where to sit, no one will people walking around trying to find someone to sit with, people who might only know a few people will not be sitting with strangers, you have you the ability to make sure guest who do not get along are a comfortable distance from each other, families will be able to sit together, guest wont feel like the can add chairs and table placements to a table.

    Con: none except maybe the headache you take on instead of putting it on your guests.

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  • Mrs. Sitz
    Master July 2016
    Mrs. Sitz ·
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    Not only for the reasons above but, its also a good idea so that the caterers know what meal goes where. For example: say someone has a food allergy, wants vegetarian options, gluten free, etc... By doing a seating chart you're ensuring everyone gets the meal they are supposed to get.

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  • Hot Like Bea
    Master January 2017
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    The last two weddings I went to did not have seating charts. Honestly, it felt like the bride and groom didn't want to make the effort in organizing their guests. Instead, it was chaotic as people were angling for the best seats and also trying to sit by the people they know the best.

    Please please please have a seating chart.

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  • Cindy
    Devoted May 2017
    Cindy ·
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    Yes you need one.. that's a lot of people.

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  • Salisbride
    Super July 2016
    Salisbride ·
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    There are no cons to making a seating chart, other than the bride and groom have to put in a little effort. With 200 people, each split up into family groups that will want to stay together, no seating chart would be very problematic. The people who get there first will fill tables, leaving one or a few extra seats at each table. It could work if you have a lot of extra seats/chairs (which will cost you more). Without extra seats, it's likely that families who are looking for seats after the initial rush will have to split up and sit with people they don't know. Making a seating chart ensures all your guests will be with people they know.

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  • FutureMrsMaidenName
    VIP August 2017
    FutureMrsMaidenName ·
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    There are no cons. Only pros.

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  • Laura
    Master July 2017
    Laura ·
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    Have a seating chart and at least assign tables. It's a logistical nightmare for your guests if you don't.

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  • E&M
    Master July 2016
    E&M ·
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    200 people? You definitely need to do a seating chart.

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