Although I'm still waiting for about 40% of my RSVPs, I couldn't help but get started on this:
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
- 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?