Seating Chart Etiquette

 

It’s time to start planning your seating chart, but where to start? Here are a few tips to note.

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

Pro Tips

Ask that your responses be due back at least 4 weeks before the wedding so you have plenty of time to plan the seating assignments.

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

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

If the head table includes just the bridal party, it is typically not necessary to list that table on the seating chart if space is a concern.

I typically schedule your seating chart to be finished one week before your wedding date. I allocate 7 days to complete it so I request that you submit your finalized guest list to me 2 weeks before your wedding date.

 

For more information on how to properly write your guests’ names, visit the Envelope Etiquette page.