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Seating Charts

When preparing for your wedding, seating charts may just seem like another thing you can’t be bothered with, but we’ve compiled a one stop shop for seating charts, so sit back and relax as we tell you everything you need to know to get this job ticked off the list ASAP. If you’re wondering who makes wedding seating charts, which design to choose or even why to have a wedding board at weddings, we’ve got the answers.

 

Why have a seating chart?

Why are seating charts important? Let’s discuss a few ideas for and against seating charts. The down side to seating charts is that they are usually time-consuming, stressful and complicated to organise (by that we mean deciding who sits where). Seating charts can also seem a little bit formal for a small, afternoon, casual or cultural wedding.

However, we firmly believe that the ‘fors’ outweigh the ‘againsts’ when it comes to seating charts. Here are some of the reasons why you should strongly consider them:

  • They prevent awkwardness (especially for single people) and confusion.
  • If your reception has a buffet, they help avoid a bottleneck at the end of the food table when people can’t decide where to sit - or with whom.
  • Efficiency - getting everyone seated is far quicker when chairs (or at least tables) are assigned. This saves time for more important things and your day runs more smoothly (i.e. bridal party and ushers aren’t answering as many questions).
  • Seating charts help when a large number of guests have dietary requirements or the reception provides multiple courses/meal options.

 

Seating charts on a budget

Free printable seating charts may seem like a good idea initially, but in reality, the sizing is too difficult to manage without the help of professional printers. Smart wedding planners choose stress free seating charts with Paperlust. You pick the style and type in the guest names and we’ll do the rest. Maybe you’re an artist yourself and are wondering where to get seating charts printed. With Paperlust you can print your own design and see it come to life on this most special of days.

 

A note on reception seating etiquette

Seating charts for your wedding wedding don’t have to be overly stressful if you pick up a few tips on setting etiquette. Here are some do’s don’ts for reception venue seating charts that will help you avoid any social minefields on such an important day:

  • Position parents and immediate family in a place of prominence (usually close to the bridal table) and be considerate of grandparents, especially if they need someone to take care of them.
  • Don’t force anyone to sit with a table of strangers unless they literally don’t know anyone else present. If you have guests from out of town or who don’t know anyone except you and your spouse at the wedding, ask a friend or family member around their age or who share similar interests beforehand to look out for these guests and introduce themselves as early in the day as possible (or better yet, at the rehearsal dinner) and then place them at the same table.
  • Seat divorced parents separately where they can each host a table of family members you know they will get along with.
  • If you choose not to include plus ones, try to avoid a singles table and instead mix two or three single people into each table (the exception to this would be a teenager table).
  • When it comes to parents’ friends, if you’re unsure about where to seat them, let your mum and dad arrange those tables.

There are some seating charts templates that you can print off or photocopy so that you allow yourself a few practice runs at the layout. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself. The other option is to write every guest name on a separate piece of paper then place them on a practice seating chart and you can shuffle them around until you find the winning combination.

 

Final tips for best seating charts

Wedding reception seating charts are a dreaded task on many a groom or bride’s list so why not take all the help you can get? Here are our final tips for seating charts for weddings:

  • For a large guest list, having two signs for table seating charts (either half and half or duplicates) is a good idea so that the flow of the day isn’t slowed down by a crowd gathering around one sign.
  • Ensure the area is well lit and that names are easy to read.
  • Choose a design that matches the style of your wedding - for creative seating charts for weddings browse our collection above.
  • Listing names alphabetically makes it easier for your guests or the other option is escort cards that contain guest names and table number.
  • If your wedding is less formal, you don’t have to put place cards. Just use your seating chart to direct people to tables and let them pick a seat from there.

Above all, try to be thoughtful and sensitive. Giving yourself sufficient time (we recommend 3 weeks) to organise where everyone is sitting is the best way to avoid mistakes, hurt feelings or awkward situations. Also, a separate kids table is okay - even advised. 

Seating charts for your wedding reception are one of the best ways to help create a seamless flow - everyone gets to their correct seat on time - no one feels awkward (hopefully) and everyone with dietary requirements are fully catered for. Browse our exclusive collection of seating charts for your wedding to find the one that suits your personal style.

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