Katie
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Seating Chart

Katie, on September 18, 2019 at 8:51 PM Posted in Parties and Events 0 30
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Who here is doing a seating chart? Who is not? Pros and cons of doing one/not doing one?

We are leaning towards not doing one, but am wondering if we are making the right choice!

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  • Izzy
    Devoted April 2021
    Izzy
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    We are doing it just to be more organized and making sure all our guests get to be seated by their close friends and family and not scattered around! Also both sets of our parents are divorced so we want to assign seating instead of all the parents trying to sit right next to us 馃槀 we will be doing escort cards so assigned tables not specific seats, which is definitely easier in my opinion. Also, we will only be having a certain number of tables so it is important that we use the space efficiently and not have 1 or 2 empty seats scattered around
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  • Heather
    Expert October 2019
    Heather
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    We鈥檙e doing one. We gave our guests a meal option so we have escort cards with table number and meal choice. The venue also needs to know how many of which meals are going to which tables.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn
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    We are doing one. It鈥檚 much easier and more convenient for guests. It鈥檚 also more cost effective since, on average, you鈥檒l need to provide 20% more tables, chairs, place settings, etc. if you choose not to do a seating chart.
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  • Amanda
    Master December 2020
    Amanda
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    We are doing one so there isn't empty tables or seats around or awkward someone left out/alone
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  • Toni
    Expert November 2019
    Toni
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    We are doing one to make sure nobody is alone and with their family
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  • M
    Super September 2019
    Mrs. Bubba
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    Exactly!

    What she said!

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  • Laura
    Rockstar November 2019
    Laura
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    We鈥檙e not doing one. But I have around 30 guests and seating for 80, so I鈥檓 not worried about there being enough seating for people to split off into small groups.
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  • Shay
    Expert February 2020
    Shay
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    We鈥檙e only doing one for our Great grand parents-
    Grand parents
    Mother and Fathers
    wedding party and S/O...
    Everyone else will sit wherever 馃し馃徑鈥嶁檧锔
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  • Keri
    Expert November 2019
    Keri
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    Definitely assigning tables. I want my guests to feel comfortable knowing they have a table with their friends/family.
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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy
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    We did one for several reasons. We wanted certain people to sit together who only knew a few people, we didn鈥檛 want to have extra tables, we wanted certain family members closer to the front and others in the back, and we wanted things to run smoothly and not have couples separated, etc.
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  • Mary
    Expert July 2019
    Mary
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    We also did assigned tables with escort cards. If you choose to do open seating, definitely look into reserving some tables for immediate family. That was the regret of one of our friends on their wedding day. The groom's family came inside from cocktail hour after the larger crowd and found themselves at a far corner away from the bride and groom. 馃槦
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  • Sherry
    Rockstar September 2019
    Sherry
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    We're not doing one. They're adults and can find a seat/sit with whoever they want to. Everyone knows everyone so no worries of anyone sitting with someone they don't know and there are plenty of seats for everyone.
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  • Lana
    Dedicated October 2019
    Lana
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    Hello. I鈥檓 doing a chart. My wedding is in 31 days and I鈥檝e received phone calls and text regarding extra guests. NO!! 馃ズ
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  • Chrysta
    Expert November 2020
    Chrysta
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    Originally I hadn鈥檛 planned in doing one, but after hearing so many people who hadn鈥檛 done one tell me they regretted it and it created chaos at the reception, now we are definitely doing a seating chart!!
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  • Madeline
    Dedicated October 2019
    Madeline
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    Team seating chart! A lot more organized and my parents are divorced so in my case it鈥檚 a must 馃し馃徎鈥嶁檧锔
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  • Jordana
    Devoted April 2020
    Jordana
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    We are skipping the whole seating chart thing! Too much stress & politics haha. What we ARE doing though is reserving two tables near our sweetheart table - one for the bridal party, one for immediate family (mom, dad, grandparents, siblings).

    We plan to have a sign that says "sit wherever your heart desires"

    Our coordinator was kind of against it because she said it sometimes causes chaos for the guests because they don't know where to go. I would say, just know your crowd. Like for us we're confident our families will figure it out, plus my FH's family just kinda does what they want lol so I think they'll enjoy open seating.
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  • Jess
    Expert October 2019
    Jess
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    We decided down to the wire to do one. after looking at our guest list we realized a lot of our people don鈥檛 know each other and we wanted it to be a warm and welcoming environment and a seating chart gave us the opportunity to place people with other people that we thought would do well together!
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  • K
    Dedicated October 2019
    Krystle
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    I skipped it because 90% of our guest list is coworkers from three different units (2 female maximum security prisons, 1 male maximum security) and 10% close family members. We're did buy reserved seating cards for the tables where our family will be seated.
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  • Bridget
    Devoted October 2019
    Bridget
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    I鈥檝e only been to one wedding without assigned tables. They had two tables reserved for their wedding party and parents- it was clearly on the table. My fh watched three different groups of people sit at those tables and make themselves comfy, until a venue person came and they had to move, we were too far away to mention anything. It was a bit chaotic. Then the last group had to split up because there weren鈥檛 enough seats at any given table. This all happened before the b&g entered so they have no idea- which I鈥檓 glad but it seemed a little crazy. So I鈥檓 definitely assigning tables plus my venue wants to know the list of who鈥檚 getting which meal.
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  • Amber
    Savvy October 2020
    Amber
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    We are doing one, I have had several friends in the past that tried to have it where it was open idea, but most of the time, family wants to be with their own family, friends aren't afraid to mingle and walk around. Some of our family will be intertwined and for the most part they will not. It is hard to make a chart that is for certain (and I am making a draft of one now, even though I wont be making a final till like September of next year, I know I am getting WAY ahead of myself!)

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