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Weddings can be overwhelming with the options available while planning. Sometimes what most people consider the smallest detail, can be some of biggest headaches. So, you’re in the middle of planning your dream wedding, invitations have been sent and are starting to come back to you. What is the next step? Arranging your seating chart, but how to tell them where they are going?

Place cards

The term both “place card” and “escort cards” can be one in the same. They designate to the attendee which table they will be seated at during the reception. For guests, you can do either couples on one place card or they each can have their own place card. If you are having a sit down dinner, this is also where you can place what entrée they have chosen for the evening.

Pro: Easy for guests to find their seats and for the venue to confirm meals selections

Con: Can be a tedious task for couples to make all the place cards, or costly if you have someone do it for you.

Seating Charts

Seating charts can be deemed a bit more informal. They generally are in one spot and list every person and where they are sitting. This is something that is a fixture of the wedding decor traditionally, and does not move. Where as a place card, the guests takes with them. Seating charts can be listed either by name in Alphabetical order, or by table number. Esthetically, table number looks pretty. However, as a guest, you do not know your table number yet until you find your name. This can be a time tedious task.

Pro: Most cost effective, and less work for you!

Con: Sometimes a timely task for guests to find their name on the seating chart. Adds a small additional amount of time to confirm entree selections during dinner if choosing a sit down.

So which one do you choose? It can become personal preference. As planners, we suggest always place cards for seated dinners. It will be the easiest and quickest way to confirm all entree selections for the guest. It can help keep the night moving in a smooth transition. However, that is not to say that you cannot have a seating chart for a sit down dinner. Many couples give the venue a spread sheet with each table, guests seated at the table, and entree choice. The server can also confirm their entree choice this way as well.

The best way to determine which works best for you, is to envision your wedding. What do you want your guests to see? What do you see? Either way, it will be a beautiful addition to your Dream Wedding.