Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Guest Seating Arrangement Tips

For many couples, guest seating arrangements can be one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. Here are some helpful tips to get you through the task:

1. Don't wait too long to begin working on your guests seating arrangements. Seating arrangements always take so much longer than anyone ever realizes. My advice is to start working on this at least 1 month in advance, or as soon as the RSVP's start coming in. If you are still missing RSVPs within a week of your wedding date, don't be afraid to pick up the phone and start making calls. You don't want to be sitting around the kitchen table night before your wedding making final edits and changes to your seating chart.

2. Know your numbers. You will need to know: 1) how many people can fit at each table, 2) how the tables will be numbered, and 3) how the room will be set up. Ask your venue coordinator to provide you with room layout diagram.

3. Know the difference between escort cards, place cards and a seating chart.
Escort Cards (or whatever you decide to use in their place) have the guests name and table number written on them. They are usually all arranged alphabetically in a central location and serve to let guests know what table they are seated at, while allowing guests to find their own seats at the assigned table.

Place Cards on the other hand, are found on each individual table setting. They are usually used in conjunction with seating charts to help guests find their table numbers.

A Seating Chart is exactly what the name implies. It's a large display-usually arranged by table number-with the names of the people who will be sitting at each table.

4. Save money by having your Escort Cards or Place Cards double as guest favors.

For more ideas on Escort Cards, Place Cards and Seating Charts visit A Bride's BFF's Pinterest Board