If you're planning a wedding, you probably have a lot on your mind. The seating chart is one of those things that's easy to forget about until the last minute. With just a little planning and organisation, you can create an incredible wedding seating chart that will delight your guests and help make their experience at your reception an even better one.
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about wedding seating charts.
- What Is A Wedding Seating Chart?
- How To Make A Wedding Seating Chart
- What Is The Best Size For A Seating Chart?
- What Material Should I Use To Make A Seating Chart?
- Where To Buy A Wedding Seating Chart
- Do I Need To Have A Seating Chart At My Reception?
Without further ado, let’s get started!
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What Is A Wedding Seating Chart?
A wedding seating chart is a large chart that shows where guests are to be seated at a wedding reception. A seating chart is usually displayed at the entrance of the reception so that it can be easily seen by guests as they enter. Seating charts are typically ordered by first name, last name or table number and can be printed or hand-drawn.
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How To Make A Wedding Seating Chart
Step 1: Finalize Your Seating Plan
To make a wedding seating chart, you first need to finalize your seating plan. Decide which table each of your guests are to sit at before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Design Your Chart
The next step is to design your chart. Whether you choose to design your chart yourself or pay a designer to do it for you, there are a number of ways to design your seating chart. If you are looking at designing it yourself, consider using tools such as Canva, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or a Cricut machine.
Try to use colors and fonts that are consistent with your wedding’s overall theme and style. It is also worth deciding if you would prefer your seating chart to be landscape or portrait.
Step 3: Gather Materials
Next, buy the materials you need to create your seating chart. Couples will often opt for an A1 or A2 piece of paper, card, fabric, acrylic or wood. If you are printing or tracing your design, grab a good texta or pen.
Step 4: Print Out Design
Whether you are printing, sticking, tracing or drawing onto your seating chart, make sure to print out any resources you need to create your seating chart.
Step 5: Assemble Seating Chart
It’s time to assemble your sign. If you’re using a material such as acrylic or glass, remember to clean your sign with a cloth and spray before you add anything to it.
What Is The Best Size For A Seating Chart?
The best size for a wedding seating chart is 59.4cm x 84.1cm (A1) or 42.0cm x 59.4cm (A2). When selecting a size for your seating chart, make sure to consider the size, layout and setting of your venue, your budget and your personal preference. A larger sized seating chart makes it easier for guests to find their own name, which is particularly helpful if you have a large number of guests.
What Material Should I Use To Make A Seating Chart?
While the material used to make a seating chart is up to personal preference, popular materials that couples go for include paper, card, fabric, acrylic or wood.
Where To Buy A Wedding Seating Chart
One of the most popular places to buy a wishing well is on Etsy, an online marketplace focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. Here you will find hundreds of handmade seating charts that come in a variety of shapes, designs and prices.
If you enjoy a good DIY project, consider creating your own seating chart. Wedding seating charts can quite easily be hand made and only require a small number of materials. They are often very affordable to create and can be made to specifically fit with your wedding theme.
Do I Need To Have A Seating Chart At My Reception?
The short answer is yes, you need to have a seating chart of some kind at your reception to ensure your guests know where to sit. It also helps you keep things organized and makes sure that no one is left without a seat. We also recommend using table numbers and name plates so guests can quickly and easily identify their seats.
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