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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tips on Making your Seating Chart
seating chart is can be one of the most daunting tasks with the wedding
planning process. You get all the way to the end of the planning and you almost
feel a little burn out, and now you have to do the grand seating chart. Here
are some tips to help you with the seating…
several online forms of making charts now – theknot.com & weddingwire.com
both have great online charts to help. If you want to do it the old fashioned
way, get a large poster board, some post-it notes and push-pins. Draw out your
diagram (your venue should provide one for you) and label each table number.
Know how many seats will go at each table, and then start pinning names to each
table. If you don’t want to do a visual chart then I recommend making an excel
sheet. Label the table number or name as the header and assign people to those
specified tables with their names below.
putting your chart together as your RSVPs come in. If you know there are FOR
SURE YES people, such as immediate family and wedding party, you can start
early and add people as your RSVP cards arrive.
CARDS & PLACE CARDS
people still don’t know what the difference is… escort cards take your guest to
a assigned table, a place card will actually assign your guest to an assigned
seat at that table. I recommend for large groups, SKIP the place cards, it
eliminates more to do before the wedding day, and also allows your guests the
opportunity to sit by who they want to sit by at there table. However, don’t
skip the escort cards or assigned table board. You definitely want to assign
guests tables and you definitely want to make sure your parents have a A+
table!! If you want, consider place cards only for VIPs, like parents or your wedding party.
making a seating chart take into account who guests may know or what their
marital status is. You would want to avoid having one single friend at a table
with all married couples whom this single friend doesn’t know. Put college
friends together, put uncles and aunts together. Make sure children are close
to the dance floor and definitely close to their parents, guardian or sitter.
Ask your parents who they would like to sit with. Be open to their suggestions
of their friends and their friends relationships. Also, be aware of who you are
putting in the corners… would they be offended?
worse than sitting at a table that you don’t fit in. Make sure that you don’t over
pack the tables just so you will have less tables and save on a centerpiece or
two. Your guests will be very uncomfortable sitting at a table bumping elbows
with the person next to them. Leave your guests some breathing, eating and
socializing room; leave them space to pull their chair in and out as well. When
considering a venue, make sure you consider your guest size so you don’t run
into a “tight” situation.