Seating Chart Etiquette

 

Seating Charts are usually organized one of two ways: alphabetically or by table number. Alphabetically is typically easier for guests to navigate but either way works great.

Decide whether you’d like to list guests together on one line or on separate lines. Typically, listing guests together on one line saves space if that is something you are concerned about. Below are examples of both formats.

Listed Together on One Line

Formal
Mr. and Mrs. George Smith

Informal
George and Mary Smith

Informal, Family
The George Smith Family
or
George and Mary Smith and Family

Informal, Last Name First
Smith, George and Mary

Listed on Separate Lines

Formal
Mr. George Smith
Mrs. Mary Smith

Informal
George Smith
Mary Smith

Informal, Family
George Smith
Mary Smith
Noah Smith
Sarah Smith

Informal, Last Name First
Smith, George
Smith, Mary

I suggest asking your responses be due back 3 - 4 weeks before your wedding so you have enough time to plan.

Be sure to double check the spelling of your guests’ names.

Including the Head Table on the seating chart is not necessary if space is a concern.

When listing couples together on one line, it’s ok to list unmarried couples together as well if you sent one invitation to both of them or if they responded together.