Among the many things you have to think of when organising your wedding, there is the seating chart. This important item is essential for guiding guests to their tables and avoid seating confusion. It usually consists of a board listing the name of each guest and the number of the table assigned to each name.
However, you don’t have to play by the rules and create a boring seating chart. Whether it’s a traditional, romantic, contemporary, or rustic wedding, we’ve got you covered.
Check out our creative wedding seating chart ideas below to guide your guests to the table in style.
1. Boutonniere Seating Chart
Instead of making one big chart, you can opt for individual colourful escort cards holding the name of the guest and the number of the table. Pair these cards with flower boutonnieres your guests can wear throughout the reception.
You can even turn the boutonnieres in beautiful keepsakes if you replace the fresh flowers with dried or fabric flowers, or even with artistic brooches.
2. Pressed Flowers Seating Chart
Put your DIY talent at use to create a unique pressed flowers seating chart. Just like above, you’ll have to make individual escort cards with the name of the guest and table printed on each card. Decorate the card with pressed flowers than place it in a small clear plastic box. Alternatively, frame each card in a small picture frame.
Not only you’ll wow your guests with your creativity, but the framed escort cards also make nice keepsakes together with the thank you cards placed on each guest’s seat.
3. Golden Frames
Romantic and elegant, golden frames can serve more than one purpose at your wedding. Use them to create a display of the bride’s and groom’s most representative photos, nonetheless as a means to help guests find their seats.
Buy golden frames of different shapes and sizes, two of each style. Assign a frame style to each table by using the frame as a centrepiece. Write the name of the guests assigned to each table on vintage paper and fix it in the dedicated model of frame. Then hang all the frames with the names on a board or the entrance wall.
4. Wooden Seating Chart
Wooden seating charts are undoubtedly the most versatile. You can use smooth plywood to make an elegant chart, tree bark for a rustic arrangement, and the ideas can go on and on.
For a stylish event, use a plywood board and white or pastel paint to create your seating chart from scratch.
Instead of numbering the tables, name them. For example, you can call each table after a celebrity, a city, or an animal, depending on the theme of your wedding. Write down the name of each table and the name of the guests assigned to it on separate cards. Pin the cards on a board and decorate your chart with ivy, evergreens, and flowers to give it an elegant touch.
5. Shabby Chic Arrangement
With a handmade wooden frame, handwritten seating chart and a wreath of white and pink peonies, you can make a lovely shabby chic arrangement for your guests. If you want to coordinate all colours, paint the frame in distressed white. Dark brown or natural wood are two alternatives for a countryside or rustic wedding.
6. Elegant Mirror Seating Chart
Get a twin set of framed mirrors for each table. Use a mirror as a centrepiece and write down the names of the guests assigned to the table on its twin. Hang the seating chart mirrors on the entrance wall or a wooden board; you’ll undoubtedly surprise your guests.
7. Illustrated Escort Cards
If you’re having a themed wedding, use illustrated escort cards to guide guests to their tables. For instance, print famous destinations on each card if you’re having a travel themed reception. Wildlife illustrations are perfect for a wedding inspired by nature. Or pop singers for a music themed wedding.
Your options are truly endless, and the guests can even keep their illustrated cards to remember your special day over the years to come.
8. Record Seating Chart
Another original idea that works wonders for a music themed wedding is a record seating chart. Handwrite the name of the guests on white sheets of paper, and glue each sheet to a record. Display your records on a wooden board at the entrance.
A record player placed in a corner will undoubtedly complement your décor, adding a special vintage feel to your wedding.
9. Rustic Seating Chart
Countryside weddings and rustic decorations pair perfectly, so why not make a rustic seating chart for your event. For instance, you could nail down a piece of burlap on a rustic wooden frame and pin escort cards onto it for your guests.
Alternatively, use twine, clothespins, and individual escort cards to help guests find their table easier. Decorate each card with dried flower boutonnieres your guests can wear or take home.
A traditional seating chart written calligraphically on tree bark is another easy way to impress your guests.
10. Watercolour Escort Cards
If you’re an artist – or if you know one – you can creatively revamp the traditional seating chart. All you need is watercolours, inspiration, and a bit of talent to paint unique escort cards for each guest. Handwrite or use a calligraphic font to print the name of the guest and the number of the table on each card, then create matching thank you cards.
Not only you’ll brag with a one-of-a-kind seating chart; your guests can even take home the escort and thank you card pair.
Undoubtedly, an original seating chart can impress your guests right from the entrance, and we truly hope the ideas above inspired you!