Everything You Need to Organize Your Wedding Seating
For some reason I had a hard time wrapping my head around ANYTHING having to do with wedding seating. I had a mental block the way I do when I think about geometry…which basically meant if my wedding were a high school class I might not have passed!
But thankfully I did, and I finally got to the root (math pun!) of the problem. Here’s a few things that helped me figure our wedding seating out.
First things first, you’ll want to know the basic wedding seating terms:
These are used to tell guests which table they’re at, and are typically placed near the reception entrance. These have your guests names (either the full name(s) of a single guest, couple, or invitee plus guest) and their assigned table number. Here’s a few examples:
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Jones
Mark Green & Julie Fredericks
We hired a calligrapher to write each guest’s name and table number on plain cards for our wedding, but if a site like Minted had been around at that time I would have 1,000% went with one of their great designs.
For instance, Minted offers flat or folded escort cards and place cards to to match your Minted wedding invitation suite. Or, you can choose a complimentary design. To help narrow down the perfect look, you can filter by printing type, style, color, and even your venue type.
They also offer free guest printing with a great collection of fonts, including script. Considering I paid over $1/each for calligraphy on our escort cards, this savings can definitely add up.
If you do opt to go with escort cards vs. a seating chart (more on that, below) you can have fun with the different display options. For instance we chose to attach each person’s escort card to a single rose in a wooden box covered with moss (pictured here). You can also choose a simple yet chic holder like the ones Minted offers.
Like escort cards, the main goal of a seating chart is to let guests know which table number they’re at. Couples have gotten really creative with their wedding seating chart designs, using everything from vintage mirrors and acrylic boards to beautiful boards like these from Minted. I love how Minted lets you continue your invitation and wedding website design throughout so many of their products. In fact, their seating charts are each crafted from independent designers who have won a design challenge, so you have such a great selection to choose from. Ranging in price from $75-$100, they’re an affordable, modern option that supports the artists we love.