Large Table Seating Chart Insert: $100.00ea
*background available in black or white*
*price includes full printing, 2 layers of your choice of papers,
small buckles and 10mm satin ribbon*
Large Frames are available for HIRE in White or Black: $40.00ea
Large Easels are available for HIRE in Ivory or Black: $30.00ea
$30.00 bond for Hire (refundable when frame&/easel returned to our home office)
(Hired Frame & Large Easel to be collected from Quick Creations the Week before your Wedding,
and to be returned within 2 business days of your Wedding Date)
Collection & Return to: 25 Chelmsford Street, Craigmore SA 5114
(please note SHIPPING & DELIVERY are not available for this product)
Should I have a Table Seating Chart at my Special Event?
Why you might not need a seating chart:
- Your reception does not include a sit-down meal. If you are having a cocktail reception, tea, cake and punch, dessert, picnic-style or other party format, then there is no reason to have a seating chart. These formats are flexible enough that people can more freely move around.
- Your reception is very small and not in a typical reception hall. If you’re having your reception at a restaurant with ten or twenty people, there is no need to assign seats.
- You have various tables and seating options of different sizes. If your venue has a mix of large tables, small four-seaters, couches with coffee tables, bartops and other more lounge-like options, you can safely skip the seat assignments.
- If your wedding is on the small side and everyone genuinely knows each other (and their relationships are mostly drama-free).
The benefits of a seating chart:
- You can ensure that everyone’s dinner companions share common interests. It is simply good event planning to arrange for guests in this situation to sit with people they either already know and like, or are likely to get along with, so they’ll be more likely to sustain engaging dinner conversation. It is true that people will get up and mingle before and after the meal; what you are planning here is mealtime being social.
- You can make single guests, or guests who don’t know others, more comfortable. This also somewhat alleviates the need for +1s: we had a few single guests who knew only one or two other people at the wedding. By seating them at tables with the few guests they knew as well as others they didn’t know, but with whom we felt they shared common interests, we could safely invite them without +1s.
- You can work around the “standard table size” problem to guarantee that people who will want to sit together can do so. Imagine you and your significant other mingled a little too long at cocktail hour while others were sitting. You enter the dinner area, realize that there is no seating chart, look for a table and don’t find one. Every available seat is a single, and nobody seems inclined to move. Finding people to move for you requires complicated cross-table negotiation.
- It’s like a blind date for your loved ones! I love “setting up” my friends with my other friends (not in the romantic way, although that has also happened).
- It manages drama. Usually.
- Listen to suggestions, but don’t let anyone try to dictate seating to you. Go ahead and hear your Mum or Grandma out on her seating chart ideas, but make the final decision yourself and own it. If necessary, don’t share the final chart with them and do not engage in discussions about it after it’s finished.
This may seem like a lot to consider. Just remember: all you need to do is reflect on what kind of party you are having, what the venue is like, who your guests are and apply these general guidelines to determine of a seating chart is, for you, a useful tool or an exercise in futility.