“It’s Like a Giant Game of Tetris!”

- spoken by Miss Jet Setter herself, in regards to her seating chart.

Although I’m still waiting for about 40% of our RSVPs, I couldn’t help but get started on this:

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Foam board + colored post-its = best. thing. ever.

I seriously am loving doing this seating chart. (I seriously am the only person I’ve ever encountered that didn’t find this task utterly excruciating). I took the floor plan that our venue coordinator gave us and drew it out on a foam core board. Then, using the colored post-its, I sorted our guests into the following categories:

  • Bridal Party
  • Bride’s Family
  • Brides’s Friends/Co-Workers
  • Groomsmen
  • Groom’s Family
  • Groom’s Friends/Co-Workers

I drew out all of the table numbers and circled in the number of guests allotted per table to better visualize the whole thing.

After that was done, I wrote out all of our guests’ names on their coordinating post-it and dropped them onto the tables, trying my best to seat everyone with people they are related to or know through work or mutual friends. I also used a different color to represent open seats I still need to fill or play around with.

Things to consider when seating:

  • Divorced Couples/Separated Families (I have quite a few of these, including my own parents, so I had to be sensitive of this issue when seating aunts and uncles and their children)
  • Out-of-Town Families (I wanted to make sure the guests coming from out of town that we see very rarely were close-by to the relatives they are expecting to catch up with)
  • Merging Friends (While Mr. Jet and I share a lot of friends, we both have different circles spanning our high school, college, and adult years – so making sure there’s a link or at least some commonality between the guests was important
  • Table 9 (The Wedding Singer is on of my ALL-TIME favorite movies. The mutants at Table 9? They had to be guests who’d get the joke!)
  • Single Guests (I wanted to intersperse our single guests who would be likely to mingle with each other at various tables to hopefully incite some romance! Mr. Jet and I were seated together at a table randomly the night we met, maybe we can re-create our magic for another couple?!)

What things did you have to consider before doing your seating chart? Am I seriously the only one who’s had fun doing this?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Jet Setter

Location:
New Bedford
Wedding Date:
October 2013
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    Amanda, Guest @ 12:43 pm

    I’m working on my seating chart right now too! Only instead of writing names, I took my guest list excel and printed out everyone on an individual line, printed it out then glue-sticked that to post-its so I could just cut the names out instead of writing all of them.

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:47 pm

    While we don’t have any divorced parents we have some broken friendships that need to be treated the same way. Two of my college friends can barely be in the same room without the fur flying (one is a bridesmaid so she’s guaranteed to be there, and if the other shows up she’ll be seated on the opposite side of the room). Then a pair of work friends of both mine and FI’s had a feud so bad that it rippled outward and we’re going to have some Jets vs. Sharks action if the people who were even remotely related to either side are near one another. So I almost hope some of them won’t be able to come.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:45 pm

    I did my seating chart in twenty minutes with the post-it note system and it was very enjoyable! you’re not alone girl! :)

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    asia 2555 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:20 pm

    Hahaha! Somehow, this cracks me up. :) I did my seating chart in excel, because I think that was the simplest way for me. But our tables aren’t round. :)

    I just loved that foamboard and post it nuts made you super happy. :)

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:46 pm

    We did our seating chart on weddingwire, but I’m loving the colorful post-its!

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 7:57 am

    I used Weddingwire as well because I didn’t have the patience for creating something cute and colorful like this! And you are crazy and lucky for enjoying this process – it was like my personal hell!

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    ykyegbride 307 posts, Helper bee @ 9:36 am

    I loved doing my seating chart! I actually just copied my guest list over from one excel spreadsheet to another, and then used excel to arrange them into groups (tables) of 8. Super easy!

    From there, I just used the document the venue sent me and assigned each group of 8 a table number. easy peasy!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:45 pm

    That reminds me so much of arranging our seating chart…

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:29 am

    I haven’t done the seating chart yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I hope I have as much fun as you!

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