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Stacey
Frequent user October 2019 Ontario

Seating Charts vs. Seating Cards

Stacey, on April 9, 2018 at 11:45 Posted in Wedding reception 0 30
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Hello Future Brides!


How is everyone organizing their seating arrangements? Are you using seating charts or name place cards. Has anyone thought of giving their guests the option to open seating?


Personally I like the seating chart, since the theme of my wedding will be rustic it would be pretty to incorporate that into the seating arrangement.

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30 Comments

Latest activity by Carmela, on April 13, 2018 at 22:19
  • Carmela
    Devoted April 2019 Ontario
    Carmela ·
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    I believe we are going to do a seating chart. Saving paper and saving more table room for other things.

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  • Brenna
    Beginner March 2018 Alberta
    Brenna ·
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    We did both just because there was more from his side than mine as my family had to travel from another province. We tried to mix up the tables a little bit but his family is close so we tried to keep them together as we knew more of them would be more comfortable that way.

    Everyone tends to mingle about with each other after dinner anyways Smiley smile

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  • Brittany
    British Columbia
    Brittany ·
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    I am only doing a seating chart. People's actual seats at their tables will not be assigned. I think unless there's a reason you want certain people in specific seats, table assignments are enough. I strongly suggest table assignments though, because it avoids the drama of any inter-family issues, and it gives your guests guidance.

    I'm definitely thinking the framed look. Either one big one, or multiples put together.

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  • Marcia
    Super August 2018 Manitoba
    Marcia ·
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    I plan on doing a seating chart, i feel it will be much easier, and less confusing for our guest!

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    We did a big seating chart. Much easier and more cost effective we found.

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  • Jocelyn
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Jocelyn ·
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    Https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/533972386/meressie-100-silver-multi-function?ref=shop_home_active_41

    this is the link. they have variations of this too.
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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    I can't even begin to imagine the struggle! It's probably the one part of the wedding planning I'm dreading!

    I hope yours goes well, good thing you have a FH who is so hands-on!

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  • Jocelyn
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
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    Short answer: yes & an extra gift for guests!
    :-)
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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
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    THIS IS AMAZING! Is that a bottle opened too?

    What a fantastic idea!!!

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  • Sara
    Devoted October 2018 Ontario
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    I don't think they will, if they choose to FH can handle it - it's his thing - I really don't mind where people sit, so long as it is at their assigned table.

    I think I underestimated how hard it is to make a seating chart - and I only have 7 tables!

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
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    That's very specific! What if people decide to move where they're sitting? Or is your group not like that?

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  • Jocelyn
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Jocelyn ·
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    This is what mine look like.
    the holders are from Etsy, the card made with the business card template on Vistaprint


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  • Sara
    Devoted October 2018 Ontario
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    We're using seating chart and place cards too. My FH has a boy-girl-boy rule for the tables and the menu is a big thing too, have to make sure the servers know who is who.

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  • Mandy
    Devoted July 2019 Alberta
    Mandy ·
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    I have to use place cards but we made them fun. For our venue everyone gets what they ordered so I have to make sure it’s on the place cards for the staff
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  • Emily
    Devoted November 2018 Ontario
    Emily ·
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    It depends on the number of tables you're having. I'm having 15-17 tables so we will probably to the seating chart, but my sister in law had close to 30 tables, and used place cards. With more people you can put the place cards in alphabetical order and save the guests having to look through 200+ names. The seating chart is good if there is under 150 and they can see their name better at a glance Smiley smile
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  • Lyla
    Devoted July 2018 Alberta
    Lyla ·
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    I thinking of having the cards in place of the chart, id do it in alphabetical order with their table number.
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  • April
    Frequent user September 2018 Saskatchewan
    April ·
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    Exactly! Especially because we’re doing cupcake bouquets for center pieces and if there are only 8 cupcakes at a table and 12 people well then not enough for all, and who wants to risk not getting a cupcake haha
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  • Stacey
    Frequent user October 2019 Ontario
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    This would be something I would worry about! And then what if there are too many seats taken away leaving empty tables, wont look very nice with a gap in between tables as well as tables that are over flowing with people.

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  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
    Valérie ·
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    I'm thinking will do a seating chart, but not 100% on it yet.

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  • Jessica
    Super March 2018 Ontario
    Jessica ·
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    We did a seating chart, but I did find that people were standing near it for far too long, and sometimes there was a bit of a backlog there. I would recommend that the bridal party or someone can help find names and point to tables to make it more efficient.

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  • April
    Frequent user September 2018 Saskatchewan
    April ·
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    I thought about doing open seating but a friend told me she was at a wedding where it didn’t go over very well. People were taking chairs from different tables to be able to sit with friends and stuff like that. We’re going to be doing a seating chart.
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  • Jocelyn
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Jocelyn ·
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    Escort cards. it'll have name & table number
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  • Stacey
    Frequent user October 2019 Ontario
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    Using larger potted plants is very unique Smiley smile I'd love to see how you are going to do this as a seating chart!

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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
    Courtney ·
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    We're doing a chart, and then you can sit where you like at the table.

    I've used a collage sort of frame (a bunch of picture frames stuck together), where each frame is for a different able.

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    We’re doing a seating chart. Our centrepieces are potted plants so we are using larger pots as our seating chart!

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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    We are doing both. We will have a beautiful sign with what table everyone is at then at the tables it will have where everyone is sitting.
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  • Beth
    Newbie July 2018 Ontario
    Beth ·
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    We are doing both, as well Smiley smile We are setting up the tables harvest style (in low rows), so we are try to be pretty specific, since it looks like one big table but are still doing table numbers so guests have a general idea of where to find their names.

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  • Tatiana
    Expert April 2018 Ontario
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    This is exactly what we are doing as well.

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  • Cathrine
    Devoted April 2018 Ontario
    Cathrine ·
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    I'm also doing both. We'll have the sign that tells everyone what table they are at and then the place cards show them their seats at the table. Our venue asked specifically for place cards that have symbols on them that represent what meal they will be having.

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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    I'll be doing both! Seating chart in the foyer of the reception hall and then seating cards on the table.

    I do like the idea of having the tables open though I've never thought of that! I could see it being a bit confusing and might cause people to wander around too much to find a seat (especially if they have a plus one/partner/ or are trying to sit with their kids to.

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