PW Guide Article: Biggest Seating Chart Mistakes

great tips!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:31 am
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Just wondering why there has to be a seating chart anyway? Reserve the closest table for parents and the guests will certainly figure the rest out themselves. 

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm
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This helps but I am not looking forward to doing the seating chart. My parents dont speak to each other and I feel like I need there tables on opposite side of the room. My fmil has invited a lot of people so there side totally out numbers mine

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm
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While being creative, remember to arrange the chart in alphabetical order, don't have your guests lingering searching for their name. This is especially important if you have a large guest list.  Try to create a display table that will still be decorative even after the guests have removed their place card. That way you don't have a big empty table at the beginning of your recepition.

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 3:28 am
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We're have 3 long tables & we're sitting in the middle of the centre table. We hope people will move around between courses. There will be serve yourself platters on the table plus bbq. & ice cream sundae table.


I know what headaches seating charts cause & some one is always left unhappy. The worst for me was being sat at the children's table of my closest girlfriend from school because I was the only single person at the wedding. I had made the dress, decorated thereception hall & done the flowers & it left me feeling totally disrespected by not being sat with all our other school friends, who were on two tables at the front of the hall.

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 12:15 am
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This is one task that I'm honestly dreading. I know it's just going to be a big ol ball of migraines.

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 3:37 am
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Luckily we're having a very small wedding so we don't need a chart.

I don't think you can ever please everyone and that's why it becomes so stressful.

This is only my opinion obviously but:-
* If parents don't get on, put them at separate tables,
* If you have a group of friends coming, sit them together - they will enjoy themselves & get the party going
* If you have several people that don't know anyone, sit them all together
* Trying to sit people with strangers doesn't always work. Does it matter if you have similar interests if you're never going
to see that person again? I'd rather socialise with people I know

FSIL sat me, FI & our boys with a cousin & her family, then a 'random' young couple without kids instead of with the other cousin...it was just weird because the other cousin was on a table with the 'random's' brother??? Mixing it up for the sake of it was just silly because we spent the whole meal talking about/dealing with the kids and this poor couple spent the time watching the other table doing shots and partying. FSIL thought it would for us to meet new people (we were immigrating 3 weeks later....not really worth making new friends!!)

Just do what feels right to you, it's only a couple of hours out of the day so people can just suck it up!!
Posted on October 21, 2011 at 4:17 am
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Yea..but I just KNOW this will be complicating for me. Especially with FI's side of the family. He has his biological mom and dad, and then his aunt and uncle who raised him since he was 5. His mom and dad don't get along at all..but do i separate them or have them at the same tablee? Then where do I put his aunt and uncle?? Grr lol. It's gonna be a mess

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 4:35 am
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I'm sending you my biggest positive vibes for this one JessMark. Hope it works out ok xxx
Posted on October 21, 2011 at 4:47 am
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Oy... this is one ordeal I am NOT looking forward to.  Hopefully, it turns out ok, but I know we can't please every guest.

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 4:13 am
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Great article

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 4:22 am
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For what it's worth, we thought that seating arrangements would be difficult, but it was actually pretty easy. We assigned tables only, and everyone seemed fine.
Posted on April 10, 2012 at 11:24 am
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great article!

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm
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So helpful

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 10:24 am
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we are having a vintage inspired wedding this june...so as the planner and the bride i want our
day to be one of celebration not one with fuss. we will be having both an escort card and place
card. both with the names and table # of every guest... this is so no one can change any card or place
i want my guest to enjoy our day but i will be doing this because i like law and order. i think
if u are having are having more than 40 guest i think this is a must....
i
Posted on January 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm
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we are having a vintage inspired wedding this june...so as the planner and the bride i want our
day to be one of celebration not one with fuss. we will be having both an escort card and place
card. both with the names and table # of every guest... this is so no one can change any card or place
i want my guest to enjoy our day but i will be doing this because i like law and order. i think
if u are having are having more than 40 guest i think this is a must....
i
Posted on January 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm
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Wonderful info!

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:23 am
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I am assigning tables and not seats as well.  I'm in agreement with some of the brides that I want my guests to feel comfortable and sit with people they know.  I want them to have a fun time and not feel awkward about sitting at a table with strangers.

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:52 am
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I think our seating chart will be fairly simple because there really is no problem deciding who to sit where. I have 5 sisters one whom I don't speak to so she will not be coming but I do have two sisters that don't get along but there are other family members we can sit them with. My father and FI's mother have both passed so both of our living parents are with a new partner. I don't really get aong with my mother but I would love to have a relationship where I could invite her to my wedding since she wasnt at my first wedding. Problem i have there is my two sister's that are in my WP also don't get along with my mother. I plan to get an early start on this project because we know most of our guests that are invited will come

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm
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Major problem when you are expecting 500guests..

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