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DIY: Seating 'chart'

I wanted to do something out of the box from your typical seating chart and do something a little more creative. I showed you an inspiration picture in my last post, so I thought I'd give you an update as to where I can going with this idea.

seating chart

My biggest challenge when figuring out how to make this idea work, was finding something sturdy enough for all of the frames to hang from. I didn't want it to be very labor intensive because I didn't know how much setup time would be allowed before guests started arriving in the foyer. I looked at a couple options but didn't want to compromise the overall look of it. So, I decided to splurge a little (since every other aspect of this project was DIY'd) and rent an extra backdrop. The nice thing about this is that the decorator will be able to setup the whole thing, and I don't need to worry about assigning this to a family member. I want everyone to be able to enjoy the day without worry about setup and takedown.

I started collecting gold frames from the thrift store over the past 6 months or so, some 8 1/2 x 11″ to fit a regular sheet of paper for the guest seating lists, and some smaller 5 x 7″ frames for a few of our engagement photos. I bought wooden letters and a basic tray from Michael's Arts and crafts and just painted them black and gold to fit with our theme. I think it will stand out nicely and will grab the guest's attention. What do you think?

seating chart

Leah S

is a Toronto Bride who got married in 2012. You can read her wedding planning posts here.