Image by Andrew O’Keefe via Contemporary Wedding Stationery From State of Reverie

The seating chart at a wedding serves a practical means for guests to find out where they will be seated and it also warmly welcomes your guests to the reception. However, just like your florals, your wedding attire and your choice of venue, a seating chart also plays a part in your overall wedding styling. In fact, it is often the first piece of styling your guests will interact with before entering your venue, so I say make it count, make it creative and make it memorable.

Will you create your seating chart yourself, have a stationery company design and print a board for you, or is your wedding so laid back that you actually don’t have allocated seats for everyone? Not having a specified seating plan encourages plenty of mingling between your guests. Whatever your choice, I have selected some of the creative seating charts that inspire me, and I hope they’ll excite you too!

Image by Sarah Kennedy Photography via Madi & Tyler’s Romantic Country Wedding In Terara

Madi and Tyler held an intimate wedding, as you can see by their charming DIY peg and tag seating chart. Each guest can take their name card home as a keepsake.

Image by Sarah Kennedy Photography via Madi & Tyler’s Romantic Country Wedding In Terara

Look! Everybody in their place. And how gorgeous are these antique, mismatched chairs!?

Image by Todd Hunter Mcgaw via Jenna & Lawrence’s Luxurious Industrial Jewish Wedding

Grab a drink, find your seat. Jenna and Lawrence’s seating chart is a popular option many couples opt for – a large printed board set upon an artist’s easel. Adding a little foliage to a seating chart brings it to life and draws attention to it.

Image by Luke Simon Photography via Erin & Rob’s South Australian Winery Wedding

The bride Erin says, “The inspiration behind our day was modern with lots of flowers. My dad painted all the wire objects used on the day to maintain the white, modern theme of the wedding.”

Image by Indie Lane Photography via Elizabeth & Michael’s Charming Hinterland Farm Wedding

Of the styling for their day, Elizabeth’s vision was to have lots and lots of flowers – roses and peonies, whites and pastels. She wanted hanging flower baskets in the marquee, flowers over the seating board, ceremony arch, flower boxes down the aisle, adorning the tables. Their stylists were Robyn and Lisa from Lettuce & Co and Elizabeth says were the stand-out vendor from their wedding. “Without them, we would not have had the wedding we had.”

This ‘no seating plan’ seating board can be used for the ceremony and/or the reception. It gives your guests a chance to meet people they otherwise would not meet and hopefully make connections that last long after the wedding is over.