One of the hardest parts of wedding planning - and the most tedious - is the seating chart. Chances are that you and your fiancé have many family and friends that come from all different backgrounds that you have to group together in one place to make small talk while they eat dinner together. You have to decide who can be near each other and who needs to stay far away, which singles you want to introduce, and who you want closest to you for the duration of dinner. Once you have reviewed, modified and finalized the seating list, then you have to figure out how to communicate the seating chart to your guests on the wedding day. There are three ways to implement your seating into decor: escort cards, a seating chart, or place cards. To help you decide which one to choose, we have examples of each below to find the best fit for your style.
Escort cards are individual tags (made of paper, wood, seaglass, geodes, etc.) that are placed in the cocktail or dinner area for guests to find their name with their table number on it. This option assigns guests to a table not a specific seat, so guests are free to sit wherever they want at that table. The benefits to escort cards are that guests get to take their card with them so they don't forget their table number when they walk to dinner, as well as being able to take it home as a keepsake. (Some can even double as favors like the succulents!) Make sure you have someone to set up these cards for you (like us!) as it can be time consuming.
A seating chart is a concise format that allow guests to easily locate their name without the fuss of searching through escort cards. Again this option only assigns people to a table, not specific seats. You can organize this chart by table number or an A-Z list (the latter makes it easier to find names). A seating chart is a great option for those who don't want a deal with a lot of set up and it is also helpful for large guest counts.
Place cards are great if you want to assign your guests to a specific seat at a table to ensure all the guests are sitting next to the right person. Picking specific seating for guests can be time consuming, which is why some opt out of this trend. However if you have the stamina it can make it easier for guests to know where to sit, as well as gives the place setting a pretty and personal touch! Pair place cards with either escort cards or a seating chart so guests can locate their table easily without wandering around all the tables trying to find their name.
All of these choices are great options for seating, you just have to find the best fit for you! Comment below if you have further questions!