Do you need to create a seating chart and have no idea where to start? I suggest starting by importing your guest list into a spreadsheet. Once inputted into the spreadsheet you will be able to see exactly how many guests you are going to have to seat. My suggestion is to use a software that lets you import your guest list and from there manually add tables and place your guests to each table. Wedding Wire has a great system, and all you need to be able to use it is sign up for a free account. But if you are not technologically savvy there is nothing wrong with the post it note approach. Simply get out a poster board draw all your tables on there, then proceed to write out each gust name on a post it. if you want to simplify things more color code your post its, one color for brides family, one color for grooms family, and another color for friends and co-workers.
Next you may be overwhelmed trying to figure out how many people to put at each table, where to place the tables so there there is enough room for everyone to walk around, and who exactly you are going to put at each table. A standard 60” round table is ideally set for 8, this leaves enough room in between each person for elbow room and to comfortably get up without asking the person next to you to stand up with you. But if you are in a pinch and you need to fit more people at a table a standard 60” round table can also be set for 10, your guests will just have a little less room.
When placing the tables around the room you want to leave at least 60” in between each table. You may think that is too much room but believe me, when people sit they don’t sit flat against the table they sit with their chairs pushed back a little bit, and when sitting back to back with another table that may cause problems. For this reason leaving 60” between tables will give adequate space for each guest.
Instead of assigning everyone a specific seat maybe opt for just assigning them a table. This way they can pick which seat they want to sit at. If you are opting for a sweetheart table instead of a head table, I suggest reserving the tables closest to you for your wedding party and immediate families. That way your wedding party still feels like they are involved all the way through the reception. If your wedding party is bringing a date to the wedding, don’t forget to account for them sitting with their date. Nothing worse than showing up as that date and getting put at a table where you don’t know anyone!
But if all else fails and you don’t feel like going through the stress of creating a seating chart, just let people sit wherever they want, and reserve a couple of tables for your immediate family sitting around you. Just remember this day is all about you, and as long as you are happy your guests will be happy!