Four Reasons You Might Want a Seating Chart
Seating charts have become a popular element at wedding receptions a detail, in addition to décor, that often doubles as a guide for guests. However, not every wedding will require one. In fact, after careful consideration, many couples are opting to do without. To help you come to a confident decision for yourself, here are four reasons you might want a seating chart for your seated reception.
If Guests Are Not Allowed a Plus-One
There are a variety of reasons that you may or may not choose to allow your guests a plus-one. Regardless, if you decide not to allow them a plus-one, there is a good chance you will have a lot of singles in attendance. In this case, finding a seat at the reception can be a tad awkward. Single guests can find themselves struggling to find a solo seat, particularly at a table with those with whom they share interests. A seating chart will allow you to avoid this scenario by placing them with like-minded guests ahead of time.
To Avoid Drama
Let’s not beat around the bush. Sometimes family and friends don’t get along. It’s nothing to be ashamed of! Although it’s completely understandable that you would want to avoid any drama on your big day. One way to ensure the reception runs smoothly is by strategically placing guests who might not get along at different tables, or even different sides of the room. This will help them avoid one another altogether and leave you with less to stress about.
It’s More Organized
One of the best benefits of a seating chart is that it lends to the overall organization of your event. This is not to say that without one, your reception will be a mess. However, it will lend to a speedier seating process, as guests won’t have to hunt down a seat, especially if they have a large group. Similarly, it will help create an expedited process of releasing guests to the buffet. If you know who is sitting at each table, you can pass this information on to the DJ or MC, to allow guests to eat in the appropriate order versus forming an endless and chaotic line.
They are Inexpensive
The most popular alternatives to a seating chart are escort cards or place cards. Escort cards are a fine option, although they only look nice until the first card is taken. Meanwhile, guests are left with a random piece of paper – to do what with exactly? Escort cards are beautiful but often expensive. Plus, they can lead to a cluttered-looking place setting. Seating charts are incredibly inexpensive, easy enough to understand, and won’t clutter your reception space. They are also a better choice if you are attempting to ‘go green,’ due to less paper waste. If you want a unique and still sustainable seating chart, opt for a design where the place cards double as a favor.