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 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 improve their experience at your reception.
This guide will walk you through everything you need 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 reception entrance so guests can easily see it 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: Finalise Your Seating Plan
To make a wedding seating chart, you must finalise your seating plan. Decide which table each guest should sit at before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Design Your Chart
The next step is to design your chart. Whether you plan your chart yourself or pay a designer to do it for you, there are several ways to create your seating chart.
If you are looking at designing it yourself, consider using tools such as Canva, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or a Cricut machine.
Use colours and fonts consistent with your wedding’s overall theme and style.
It is also worth deciding if you prefer your seating chart to be landscape or portrait.
Step 3: Gather Materials
Next, you can buy the necessary materials to create your seating chart.
Couples often opt for an A1 or A2 piece of paper, card, fabric, acrylic or wood.
Grab a good Sharpie or pen if you are printing or tracing your design.
Step 4: Print Out the Design
Whether you are printing, sticking, tracing or drawing onto your seating chart, print out any resources you need to create your seating chart.
Step 5: Assemble the Seating Chart
It’s time to assemble your sign. If you’re using a material such as acrylic or glass, clean your sign with a cloth and spray before adding 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, consider the size, layout and setting of your venue, budget and personal preference.
A more extensive seating chart makes it easier for guests to find their names, which is particularly helpful if you have many 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 couples use 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 in various shapes, designs and prices.
If you enjoy a good DIY project, consider creating your seating chart.
Wedding seating charts can easily be handmade and only require a small number of materials.
They are often very affordable to develop and can be made to fit your wedding theme precisely.
Do I Need To Have A Seating Chart At My Reception?
The short answer is yes; you need a seating chart at your reception to ensure your guests know where to sit.
It also helps you keep things organised and ensures 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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