Something I went back and forth on during the wedding planning process was to have assigned seating or not. I really wanted to do it, but Jared was super hesitant because he knew it would add a lot of extra unneeded stress on me. I kept going back to this one wedding Jared and I went to where we were late to get to the buffet and by the time we got our food and sat down there were no seats by our friends left. We spent the whole night at the table with people we didn’t know, which definitely put a damper on the evening.
After much deliberation, I decided to move forward with assigned seating but kept it simple with assigned tables instead of assigning exact seats.
I am a HUGE data nerd and I LOVE spreadsheets, so I created a spreadsheet of all the confirmed guests and the organized them by tables depending on relationship and friendships. I then had both Jared and my mom look it over to make sure everything looked good.
To let the guests know where they were sitting I framed all of the tables with names and placed them in cocktail area, so guests could glance at them while they were waiting to go into the reception. I also printed off lists for my house party girls to assist guests in finding their placement.
From there, I had my sister, who did all of my calligraphy write table numbers on glass water bottles with stoppers. I felt like this was a unique and unconventional way to display the numbers on tables.