Your invitations are out, and as you wait for your RSVP's to (slowly) roll in, you start thinking about the seemingly dreaded seating plan.
When my husband and I were getting married, our wedding books and blogs all warned us that this task wasn't going to be an easy one... however, we knocked out the plan in about one hour on our train commute home from work, and came out of the whole experience fairly unscathed.
We had always assumed that the only way to go was to match each person to a table, then painstakingly figure out who they would be seated next to. After attending a friends wedding a few months prior, we loved the thought of giving the guests their table number, and letting them go at it themselves! That way all we had to do was make sure there were enough seats at the tables, and the rest of it was on the guests - they got to sit where they want, with whoever they want, and we were happy we could tick this job off in an afternoon!
The next step was to think about how we would communicate this to the guests.
Table numbers are a given, but should we go with a seating plan, or escort card, or something way more creative and complicated! We opted for the escort card idea, because even though they didn't get place cards, they could still could have a card with their name in beautiful calligraphy to take home with them. Photos above.
So if you'd like to incorporate this growing trend into your big day, I've found some beautifully simple and refined ideas that you can easily customise to suit your event, and hopefully tick this task off your list quickly, without too many tears!
1. Hand-Lettered Hanging Statements
2. Classic Cards in New Ways
3. Favours as Escort Cards
4. The Ultimate Installation
5. Or just write on the walls...
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