The Table Plan

Five months before our wedding, our invitations were posted. We’ve already received a lot of RSVP postcards, but more importantly, we already know who is coming and who isn’t. Thanks to it being mainly close friends and family, we talk to them enough for absolutely everyone to have already let us know of their plans. Not to mention that everyone has already booked their hotels for the weekend. Score!

This has proved so useful. Not only do we know who is eating lamb and who is eating fish so we can discuss quantities with the caterers, but it means we can get started on our seating plan already.

Our guests are split into the following categories.

  • Miss Jackrabbit’s family
  • Miss Jackrabbit’s family friends
  • Miss Jackrabbit’s friends
  • Jack’s English family
  • Jack’s Italian family
  • Jack’s English cousins
  • Jack’s Italian cousins
  • Jack’s friends

Jack’s family takes up half of the guest list. My guests were easy—a table for each category. His guests were almost as easy. All we needed to do was split the cousins up—one table for English, one table for Italian, and one with a mix of them.

And this is what we came up with!

You may remember when we had a disagreement about the sweetheart table? Yeah…I won. It was totally fair, though! No forcing him to do anything. Plus it just sort of made sense. (Note: for some reason the plan makes us sit opposite one another, but we will actually be sitting next to each other.)

We used WeddingWire for our seating chart. It was so handy having it online! And it made it easy to move people from one table to another, and also to see how those tables would actually work in our space (you can put in your venue’s size!).

I have no idea why one of the tables is yellow…but you may also notice there are two different sizes. This is definitely one of the pros about hiring in EVERYTHING ourselves. We need seven five-foot tables and two six-foot tables? No problem!

Originally we were going to have our sweetheart table right down at the bottom in front of the dance floor, but my mum pointed out that we may not want to have the band and DJ booth in the background of our pictures…so we moved to the side for our escort cards to be our background decoration. :)

It also meant that my family table and both Jack’s family tables could be right next to us. Chatty Man will be at the table just north of the cake table and facing everyone so he can be seen/heard when he does his speech.

My friends are nearest the dance floor (they like to boogie), and Jack’s friends will be closest to the bar. (They like to drink!) I also like how there is enough room either side of the table right at the top for people to easily get to the bar and enter/exit the building. (The door is at the top of the room on the right.)

I’m excited to see how this will look!

Did anyone else plan their seating chart online?


Mrs. Jackrabbit

Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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  1. msjackrabbit Member
    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:43 am

    @love108: It’s destination for 95% our guests (we live at least 2-4 hours away from everyone in a seaside town so they’re all coming for a weekend away) We live in the UK so send out invitations a little earlier than you guys in the US! (Usually around the 5-4 month mark.

    It’s worked out really well for us. We haven’t given a RSVP deadline, because there hasn’t been any need for one. Our caterers require numbers 2 weeks in advance but we already knew who was coming and who wasn’t due to the Save The Dates we sent back in November.

    Have you sent out Save The Dates?

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 9:18 pm

    @love108: The guest list for my daughter’s December 20th wedding is 90% out of town, and she decided against save the dates since they aren’t doing engagement photos until cooler weather arrives. Because her wedding is so close to the holidays, I thought we should give people as much notice as possible, so we are mailing invitations the day after Labor Day in September. The caterer requires a guarantee three weeks in advance, so we are setting the RSVP deadline for one month prior, which gives us a week to track stragglers. You just have to make the best guess based on your particular guest list, and I think it’s safer to err on the side of “too early” as opposed to “too late.”

  3. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:20 pm

    Mr. Palm Tree’s family took up over half of our guest list – it was crazy.

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