Oh the headaches and loss of sleep over assigned seating. This is normally such a chore. I do believe we have a SOLUTION. What I have suggested to my brides is that they seat bridal party & their dates, parents and grandparents at the tables closest to them. If they have other close family, they can also assign them seating. With the rest of the guests, I suggest putting all the names in a hat and drawing out enough to fit each table. This allows guest to meet and speak to new people, find out where they are from and how they know the bride or groom. We have even made up questions and put them on the plate – one question per person, to ask the guests at their tables. This is a fun interactive way to learn about each other, have some fun, and take a huge burden off of the bride.