Seating assignments and escort tables or displays are one of our very favorite details. It is the perfect space to do something fun, personal and unique. While you can do open seating in general we prefer assigned seating.... Below are some of our most favorite creations and designs that we have had over the years!
We know it can be stressful trying to find an 8th person to go at table Number 4. What about table Number 12 that really needs to have 9 because you just cannot pull anyone one out? We want you to remember that it is just one dinner assignment, grab a good drink, a healthy dose of patience and work as a team to do the best you can and know it won't be "perfect".
A few reasons why we are not huge fans of open seating, it tends to cause more stress for your guests, they end up dashing from the ceremony to lean chairs and drop coats missing some of the fun relaxing time of cocktail hour, the need to over set your reception by at least one table to accommodate that every table will not be full, the crazy friend dragging a chair half way across the reception just to be with his buddies, and somehow it always ends up that one of your Aunts sits at a table in the back and isolated from the rest of the family.
In some cases though it does make sense for open seating. If you have a smaller guest count (generally 80 or under), the majority of your guests really do know one another and the families have mixed before, your reception space has the flexibility to add a table or two above your guest count, or if it really does speak to your personality and the theme of your wedding.
- Alphabetize, we recommend making sure your display is arranged alphabetically instead of by table if you have a guest list over 80-100 guests.
- Readable, make sure the font, size, and style can actually be read by guests.
- Positioning, try to make sure it is in a space that guests can access during cocktail hour. It helps eliminate a back-up when the reception is finally open.
- Environment, be sure to think about the elements, do not put candy out on a patio in the sun, paper cards out in the wind, and be sure if it is outside the items are secured and stable.
- Meal Choice, be sure if you have a plated dinner that the meal choice is easy for the waitstaff to see makes sense.
- Types, do not be afraid to think outside of the box, you can do large displays, incorporate your favor, make individual items, or keep it simple. Evaluate what is important to you and go for it!
Thanks for stopping by and best of luck in all your planning,
*All photos are from weddings planned + coordinated by A Beautiful Gathering.