Why Seating Assignments are a Necessary Evil: MA Event Planning
Creating a seating plan can be stressful and take a certain level of organization that can be overwhelming. I get asked all the time —
“Do we HAVE to do a seating plan?”
The short answer is — YES!
Here are just some of the reasons we love a good seating plan:
They reduce stress for your guests –
Picture finding a seat in your high school cafeteria. To make sure you get to sit with your friends or family it’s a mad dash to find enough tables, reserve chairs, or find more if you don’t have enough — Which is almost as bad as not having anyone to sit with. Guests that are close to the host, but don’t know many people attending have to awkwardly invite themselves into a stranger’s table or sit alone/with their date.
It keeps your tables full and even –
When the above happens, you end up with tables that are overfilled and tables that are empty. It will make the room look uneven and disjointed.
You can actually save money –
Without a seating plan, the tables will become unbalanced, likely causing a group of people who want to sit together not enough seats to do so. To plan for that, you will need to add 10% more seats than guests. Depending on the size of your guest list that could mean an extra 2-3 tables, which would require linens, tableware, and centerpieces.
All of these issues can be addressed with a clear seating plan. For seating cards and charts we are loving, check out our Pinterest page!