Yeah, ours weren't that bad. I know this is hard for a lot of people who have big families or family feuds, but the one person who could have made this difficult for us refused to come, so it worked out nicely for us. One of the benefits of having a small wedding in which a lot of people know each other or at least know someone.
All of our tables had different sizes, so it was pretty easy to split people into my family, his paternal family, his maternal family, my friends, and his friends (yeah, my one family table was smaller than one of his family tables). Sure, there were a few people who had to be stuck in strange places, but things worked out pretty well, and everyone had someone to talk to. In fact, our tables even fostered a few new friendships.
The only real difficulty we had was getting things set when our coordinator could not figure out how to arrange our tables or how many guests could fit at each one. We didn't have it set until a week before the wedding which caused problems with our place/escort cards, but the seating chart itself was blessedly simple.
As for the tables themselves, we knew we didn't want to do just numbers. I mean, how boring is that? I had seen some cool ideas like these:
Yay Nerd Table Numbers!
Confession: I am intimately familiar with seven of these places.
And while I was definitely down for some fantasy-themed table names, I couldn't beat Daniel's name idea. We had five tables, and we have lived five places together, so he thought we should use the five street names we had lived on as table numbers.
It was perfect.
I had my dearly helpful friend Laura who I totally owe after this wedding make us some table numbers for the escort cards with the street sign theme in mind:
I was pretty happy with them and thankful to have something be easy in the final weeks before the wedding.
Did you have trouble with seating arrangements?