Dedicated December 2019

Seating question

Lauren, on October 28, 2019 at 10:56 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 14
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Our wedding is small, in a semi private dining room of the hotel where we're having the ceremony. I didn't want to crowd up the area with a seating chart sign (since I'm having a welcome sign), but I plan on having marble coasters with the guest name at their place setting (to double as favors). Do you think it's okay to not have a sign letting them know what table they're at but just have them find their coaster? We have 35 guests, with 5 tables.


  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I think that's fine
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  • Alejandra
    Expert November 2020
    Alejandra ·
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    In general I would say no, but with a guest list that small it shouldn't be a problem. One of my friends printed out a simple list on a regular 8x11 sheet of paper and had it framed near the reception area. Would that be okay? Its small enough that it shouldn't crowd anything but big enough that theres no confusion about seating.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I think you should be ok but like the PP said maybe just a simple sheet that tells people where to go so they don’t have to search all 5 tables.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Could you do escort cards? I wouldn’t want 35 people roaming around looking for their seats. I don’t think it’s the worst idea ever, but also not super convenient for guests.
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  • Kiley
    Expert November 2019
    Kiley ·
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    I personally think it's fine. We are having 80 guests and have done assigned seating (tents with individual names at each setting).. There is an hour cocktail hour inside the reception hall, so it allows for plenty of time for our guests to find their table.

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  • Kimberly
    Expert October 2019
    Kimberly ·
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    I think you'll be fine. 5 tables will be easy to go through for your guests. it shouldn't be a problem.

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  • Crystal
    Dedicated November 2020
    Crystal ·
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    That should be fine. It’s small enough
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  • Hannah
    VIP July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I feel like it may still be awkward. Why not have the coasters on a table by the welcome sign arranged in alphabetical order? They can serve as escort cards to tell the guests what table they are seated at. Also, some people will have their welcome sign perform double duty. Print the welcome sign on 1 side and then flip it over for the seating chart.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    Could you just do a super small seating chart? I don't think it would take up much space. Wandering around to 5 tables and looking at each coaster may take some time.

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  • Jennifer
    Super April 2020
    Jennifer ·
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    I think that'll be fine! I assume your guests know each other or are related so other guests would probably let friends or family know they were at the same table!

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  • Cristy
    Rockstar May 2020
    Cristy ·
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    It's not the most convenient for your guests, with everyone mingling around looking for their name on a coaster. But with such a small guest count, it should be ok. Most people should be able to find their name in a couple of minutes.

    You might want to consider a small chart with the table assignments on it that you can either hang or display near the entrance. Not anything big, just something to save guests time.

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  • Tara
    Super November 2016
    Tara ·
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    That's not a large amount of people. I think it will be fine. Maybe you can set the coasters on a table instead of at their place setting? Ultimately there won't be too many people so I don't think it will be much of an issue.

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    That sounds fine to me! Since you have the table number, it should be pretty simple!

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  • Maria Maria
    Beginner November 2019
    Maria Maria ·
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    We have 34 guests and five tables. We got a seating chart done through Minted for $100 dollars, and it's gorgeous. 😍

    Ultimately it's up to you; in our case a lot of our guests don't know each other and we wanted to avoid awkwardness with them going around from table to table looking for their seat. Still others might look as that as an opportunity for people to mingle, idk.
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