Be Specific: Make Sure that Grandma Gets a Chair!

Be Specific: Make Sure that Grandma Gets a Chair!

Be specific: make sure that grandma gets a chair! With all of the excitement and planning for the big day it is easy to overlook some of the most important details.

The ceremony and cocktail hour are over and it is time for the reception. Your reception area opens and it turns into a mad dash for a table so the whole family or group of friends can be sure to get a table together. How do you reduce this stampede of stilettos and bowties? Have a seating chart, seating cards, or place cards!

Don’t think of it as more work for you, think of it as a better experience for you and your guests day-of. Create the seating arrangement then pass it over to the pro who made your save-the-dates and invitations to be sure they fit with the aesthetic of your wedding.

Top: Seating Cards by Puddle Jumpin' Cards, Photo by Erica Ann Photography  Left: Seating Cards by Alicia Zorn Calligraphy, Photo by Amanda K Photography.  Middle: Seating Cards by Puddle Jumpin' Cards, Photo by Alan Weiner Photography.  Right: Place Card by Puddle Jumpin' Cards, Photography by The Art of Joy AJ's Studio.

Top: Seating Cards by Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, Photo by Erica Ann Photography; Left: Seating Cards by Alicia Zorn Calligraphy, Photo
by Amanda K Photography; Middle: Seating Cards by Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, Photo by Alan Weiner Photography; Right: Place Card by Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, Photography by The Art of Joy AJ’s Studio.

What is the difference? How do you choose whether to use a seating chart, place cards, or seating cards?

Seating Chart – A good sized “chart” at the front of the reception area with all your guests’ names and which table they will be sitting at. Make it fit the theme of your wedding. Writing names on a chalk board or a vintage window pane are popular ways to make a seating chart pretty.

Seating (or Escort) Cards – Displayed as individual cards with a guests name and the table number. They can grab it before they enter the reception then find their table. Get creative with the display; attach the cards to the guests’ favors or pin them on a rustic display. Make every little detail fit in with your wedding aesthetic.

Left: Place Card by Puddle Jumpin' Cards, Photo by Atelier Pictures; Right: Place Card by Puddle Jumpin' Cards, Photo by Erica Ann Phtography

Left: Place Card by Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, Photo by Atelier Pictures; Right: Place Card by Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, Photo by Erica Ann Photography

Place Cards – The most formal of the three. These are placed at each place setting, telling your guests which seat is theirs at the table. We would recommend having a seating chart as well to direct guests to the correct table first rather than making them search for a needle in a haystack of possible seats.

Prevent that mad dash race to the table, let your guests meander and make their way to the table without tripping over every other person there. Decide which of these will work best with your wedding and get creative, the sky is the limit!

Sit back and relax!