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. While many couples find seating charts stuffy and not necessary we are here to fill you in on why that is not exactly true.

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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

People really do like to be told what to do sometimes. After the ceremony is over there is always a mad rush to claim a table. Guests will appreciate it if there is a table already reserved for them so they can drop their things and head to the bar! They can totally avoid the awkward dance of finding a table that has enough seats for their family and friends. By creating a seating chart you can ensue that friends and family have seats close to each other and your guests will be happy knowing exactly where they are supposed to sit no one has to worry about rushing to grab a good table, or counting chairs to make sure there are enough seats for their whole family.

2)The people you want closest to you will have a guaranteed spot.

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 parents 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

PSB Exclusive Tip

We have found when couples are creating a seating chart, half of the battle is drawing out a floor plan. One of the ways we help make planning easier for our PSB couples is by offering all of our couples access to an online, interactive floor-plan of their reception. Using the online program they can assign tables or seats through the touch of a button. This helps to streamline the process of creating a seating chart. We create the floorpan so all the couple has to do is 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. Many couples believe it will be enough to just use a “reserved for family” sign on a few tables but that is not the best option. At a wedding everyone is family (or so they think) and people who you did not intend to sit at the reserved tables will take up seats that should belong to parents and grandparents. It makes for an awkward moment when someone has to ask your Aunt and cousins to move because they are not supposed to be seated at the reserved table. If you decide to skip the full seating chart and just reserve tables for family and bridal party you need to use individual markers with names or a list of names of who should sit at each reserved table. A simple printed list placed in a pretty picture frame is easy and will help clear any confusion and avoid any awkward moments!

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