We don’t have to have a seating chart- I guess a name tag on placement? The venue needs to know how many chicken prime rib etc per table so I guess we have to know kinda who’s sitting where in whatever way we chose to display that is up to us 😊
For sure have a seating chart! You don't have to do place cards for every seat, but at least assign your guests to a certain table. It's human nature for people not to sit with people they don't know, so everyone I going to want to find their own table. You will find you will have lots of tables with 4 or 5 guests but barely any that are full, but then what if a family of 6 comes in and can't find a table because so many people decided to take the empty ones. It's better off to force people to sit with people they don't know, but make sure everyone has at least someone they do know at their table to feel more comfortable!
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I 100% agree with Kelly. Plus, a seating chart gives priority seating to your important guests, like your immediate family. You wouldn't want your parents, for example, seated at the back of the room where they can't see you.
I have strong opinions on this lol. Please don't do an open seating plan. Its confusing and stressful for your guests. You'll also need extra tables and chairs so that all the "groupings" get to sit together (say a couple arrives late and there's only 1 chair left at table 4 and 1 chair left at table 13....well...that would kinda suck right?)
I follow this wedding planner on youtube. Her videos are great. she gives pros and cons for all the seating options:
I think a seating plan is the easiest way to go, especially if you are having a bigger wedding. This way you don't have a whole bunch of people wanting to all sit at one table, and then one table being super empty.
We did assigned tables, but not seating. This way guests knew who they were sitting with, but could pick who they would sit beside
A seating plan will be better and you and your fiancee know the guest so it will be easy and fun to do.You can even to that with your family member. Anyway people can switch place to chat with each other after. Cheers,
We are using a seating chart for our reception to minimize and separate family drama, ensure guests who don’t know each other are seated next to people with whom they have much in common, etc. We have family tables, couples, singles mixers, young people etc. I’m hoping it all works out!
We are doing a seating chart because my parents are divorced. My father gets along with everyone, however my mother is making a big deal of having to sit near him. Plus my dad's side is Italian and my FH has some family from Holland so we are sitting people together that speak the same language. If it wasn't for those things, I don't think we would have done a seating chart solely for the fact that it is some added stress for sure and time consuming.
I would say that if they are round tables - make a rough seating chart with people to a table, and if they are rectangle tables with lots of room to let them find their own. We had 200 people at our wedding and that's after we had about a dozen no-shows/ last minute cancellations... so our seating chart would have left like 2 people at a table for 8... and then random missing spots... so we just gave up when it came to that. Worked out fine - but we had extra seats.
What Amelia suggested is great! Also keep in mind of type of meal you're having though. If you're having a plated dinner then some caterers require you to label who is sitting where so the servers know who gets which kind of meal. I had to read my caterer's contract very carefully to even see that part.
I would have a rough "here's your table" kind of chart for a few reasons. 1. People may not have room for their group at a table without a plan. Like if 4 people are looking for seats and the only ones left are at separate tables. This is especially risky if you have any single guests coming that can throw off the even numbered seats. 2. You can put people who don't know anyone with people you think they wot get along with. If Uncle Joe and your new Brother-in-law love to fish they might love to sit together!3. You can sidestep potential drama. If there is a family squabble leading up to the wedding you can make sure that those people are seated far away from one another to help keep the peace! Hope this helps!