Does anyone have any useful tips for completing a seating chart? I just started mine and I keep getting stuck! :o(
ugg i am doing the same thing... i started with my family and best friends etc and branched out from there.. i tried to just keep as many people together that know eachother as possible... i dont feel like there is any right way to do it lol.. just wing it! :O)
are you guys just writing them out by hand, or are you using a website?
I got a huge foam board (like a poster board but thicker) and drew out the layout of the room. I put all the tables (I drew circles) where they would be in the room (you could probably get this lay out from your venue). Then I wrote every person's name on a piece of sticky note (i put mulitple names on each note and cut them into strips). Then I grouped everyone by specific groups, i.e. my family, FI's family, parents' friends, his parents' friends, my college friends, my work friends, his college friends, his work friends. And then there was the "randoms" group. I put the names around each drawn "table". Start with family and put them where they should go since they're most important. Then I put my parents' friends at tables closest to their's and the same for FI's parents' friends. Then I did his and my friends.
Doing this really helped me because it was more visual. You see the names all in a circle around the tables. Then you can easily move people around the different tables until the arrangement makes sense. Hopefully all this isn't too confusing...but it REALLY helped me...
Absolutely LOVE your idea Beatie!! That will definitely help me out A LOT!! Thanks!
I did what Beatie did, but just not on such a huge board. Grouping people together and being conscious of WHERE THE TABLE IS was very important. There were a couple people who had "falling outs" and I put them on opposite sides of the room, and put parent friends close to their tables etc. I got SO many compliments on how well the seating was. You don't really realize how important this is, but just imagine being stuck at a party with people you can't stand at your table. I really thought about how personalities would mesh, interests things like that for the randoms. Doing it by hand was easier for me and having the layout of the tables to visually look at helped a lot. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!
you're welcome! it made it go so much more quickly too!
I started grouping friends but then I wanted to make sure conversation was good - so I started making lists/groups of friends that had things in common/material to talk about. For example, one friend works in the white house and went to x prep school so place another who works in parliament (UK) and one that went to same x prep school... that way three people have great conversation, bond instantly, etc etc. Also I tried to think about personalities... are there friends of yours that you've always wanted to introduce to another friend? Make it happen! Or even if you haven't thought about it, are there personalities that you think would mesh really well?? And as beatie said, post-its help and as soon2bmrsnapton said - place enemies on opposite sides of the room because you want happy people there! Also I thought about gender, are there girls who would get along really well and could become "bff" after the wedding or couples that would rather not be split up, or even sisters that would want to sit together??
Champ those are great suggestions! I really do think people notice and appreciate when so much thought goes into it...personalities, same interests, etc. It really helps people to enjoy your day so much more as well! Of course there are going to be the people ) on the dance floor all night, but it's nice for the people who don't like to dance...no one will be checking their watches thinkings "when can i get the heck outta here!" Your hard work and thought won't go unnoticed!
Those are awesome ideas. Someone suggested to me, to put names on sticky notes and put them around paper plates. It's a little easier to store or carry around. I already made a seating chart with everyone that was invited. Then as the RSVP's come in, we can get rid of the ones who can't come. Hope this helps!
I stuck to groups-
When people RSVP'ed I made a word file with 4 columns- his family, my family, work table, and friends.
From each 'group' I made tables. We had 28 friends- so I knew I had to arrange them somehow within 3 tables, etc, etc...
This was actually VERY easy for us- but we only had 100 people...
- HMM :)