September 2, 2011

Tackling your wedding seating chart is no small task – but this tutorial will make it easier!



  • your guest list
  • your reception table layout
  • poster board (or two or three… depending on how large your wedding is)
  • re-positionable page markers from Post-It
  • a few markers


Start by drawing your table arrangement for your reception onto the glossy side of a poster board; using multiple boards if needed.

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I used a bowl to trace my round tables, but you might have rectangle tables… in that case you can use the bottom of a cereal box.

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Label all your tables by number… or how ever you will be categorizing them.

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Next, start writing each guests name onto a page marker and then place that guest at their appropriate table. The beauty of using the Post-It page markers on a glossy poster board is that they are completely re-positionable! Which means you can change the guest placement as many times as you need… no erasing or crossing out! Write the names once and easily find a spot for everyone…

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I used the different Post-It colors to help categorize our guests by: my family, his family, our friends and our work people. You can also use the colors to categorize what meal choice that guest has chosen; making it very easy to tell your caterer how many of each meal will be at each table.

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This is the fastest and easiest way I have found to make a wedding reception (or other large party) seating chart… it’s also easier if your Groom helps you too! Before you know it, all your tags will be on your board and you will be done!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!


Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // poster board, Post-it notes, and markers: Staples // nail polish: Sally Hanson Salon Effects nail strips

43 Responses to “DIY | easy seating chart”

  1. Libby James says:

    GENIUS! Love this idea!

    xx Libby

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  17. katie beck says:

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  23. Maggie says:

    We did this at our wedding but did it a little different.
    We cut out circles and used a loop of tape to put them on the floor plan so we were able to move them around if needed.
    Then instead of labeling each person as his hers friends and work we put everyones names on the post it tabs as they rsvp’d and we had to know what meal selections were for each person so we had pink for filet, yellow for chicken and blue for fish an had the name cards with the corresponding colors for the servers to know who was having what.
    This was probably one of the best ideas we used for our wedding!

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    What a great idea! I will pinch this to make sure my next Christmas seating arrangement is far more harmonious this year. :)

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