Between wrangling late RSVPs, finalizing your wedding day timeline, squeezing in those last pre-wedding beauty appointments and planning for any remaining wedding vendor payments (plus wedding day gratuities), the final weeks counting down to your actual wedding date can feel like an obstacle course at times.
One of those all-important last tasks is finalizing your guest list and wedding reception seating chart, which is never an easy one, but can at least be streamlined somewhat with these digital wedding seating chart tools and resources—which, as a bonus, can easily be shared with your venue, vendors and key family members. These digital seating charts allow you to move guests from table to table with ease, and they won't require even one cent of your wedding budget. Here are five of our favorite (free!) wedding seating chart makers.
By using the drag-and-drop seating chart tool offered by WeddingWire, you can customize a seating plan and choose table shapes as well as keep track of your RSVPs all in one place. Plus, the site allows you to easily share your fancy new digital chart. You can print, export or email your floor plan to your venue (as well as your parents) so everyone is looped in on the arrangement.
This site lets you import your guest list from Excel, then assign tables based on your to-scale floor plan. You can also plot out other wedding-related events, including your rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch, using that same master list. AllSeated even has a library of venues, so it's possible your actual venue is already available in their catalog, scaled to size and ready to go!
3. Wedding Mapper
The Guest Manager tool on Wedding Mapper allows you to lay out the entire floor plan—tables as well as bar, dance floor, etc.—to ensure that your grandparents aren't accidentally seated next to the subwoofer, and the kids' table (if you're having one) is in close proximity to where their parents might be seated, but far from the action at the bar. (The site also has a handy tool that helps couples create a customized wedding map of key locations and venues.)
4. Style Me Pretty
For those of you that prefer working with a spreadsheet, Style Me Pretty has shared an excellent, color-coded seating chart template that you can save to Google Drive. It doesn't have drag and drop functionality, but nonetheless it's extremely simple to use—especially for those who love Excel and Google Sheets!
5. Table Planner: The Seating Chart App
If you'd rather plan out your reception tables while the two of you Netflix and chill, the free seating chart app Table Planer—which is available in the App Store and is compatible with iPads only—is worth downloading. You can even import your guests straight from your contacts, which makes things incredibly simple. (Well, that is, so long as every single one of your guests is actually in your contacts!)
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