Seating Charts | Do you really need one?

Setting out to plan a wedding can be crazy overwhelming. Especially if you are doing it all on your own. While big decisions, such as color schemes and cake flavors are exciting and fun, small details, such as seating charts often get pushed behind to last minute and then forgotten about completely.    

 This framed wire board is perfect for displaying a seating chart. pc: Taken by Tate

This framed wire board is perfect for displaying a seating chart. pc: Taken by Tate

A seating chart may be one of the last things you are thinking about while wedding planning but we are here to tell you why you really DO need one. Hear us out! We recommend all couples strongly consider a seating chart for two main reasons…1) your guests will appreciate not having to fight for a seat 2)The people you want closest to you will have a guaranteed spot.

After the ceremony is over there is always a mad rush to claim a table. Guests will love it if there is a table already reserved for them so they can drop their things and head to the bar! 

Making a clear seating chart also ensures that your family, bridal party and closest friends get a great spot right near you and your sweetheart. These people are typically outside taking pictures during cocktail hour and by the time they make it inside the best seats are already claimed. You don’t want to have to worry about your grandparents sitting in the back of the room! 

 This creative pallet is perfect for printed cards used for seating charts. pc: Laine Mac Photography

This creative pallet is perfect for printed cards used for seating charts. pc: Laine Mac Photography

One of the ways we help make planning easier here at Pepper Sprout Barn is by offering all of our couples access to an online, interactive floor-plan of your reception! Using the online program you can assign tables or seats through the touch of a button. This helps you to streamline the process of creating a seating chart. We create the floorpan and you just have to assign tables!

 Creative, handmade seating chart highlighting all the places they lived! pc: Taken by Tate

Creative, handmade seating chart highlighting all the places they lived! pc: Taken by Tate

If you are still not convinced that you need a full seating chart, at the very least make sure you create one for your family members you would like seated at specific tables. We have found it is not enough to use a “reserved for family” sign because family members who you did not intend to sit there will take up seats that should belong to parents and grandparents. Placing seat markers or a list of specific names who should sit at reserved tables will help clear any confusion and help avoid any awkward moments!

So, have you started creating your seating chart? Let us know in the comments below!