Back before I started this site, I had the tedious task of coming up with the table plan for our wedding. We thought long and hard about just letting it be a free for all, but for reasons I cannot remember we both decided that assigned seating was best.
It sounds like a really simple thing to do, but I wanted to do this on my computer so that I could quickly change and tweak everything, and then print it all out for the staff at our venue. That’s when I hit a wall — I couldn’t figure out how best to do it. (I started with an Illustrator document, that proved to be a bad idea rather quickly.)
I ended up buying Perfect TablePlan. It is not great looking — and that’s being generous. I haven’t looked in ages for this kind of software (nor do I need it now), but they sent me an email about their latest version, so I thought I would throw it out there for all of you.
The best feature — the feature that sold me — was the ability of the software to not only say “these two people should sit together”, but to say “these people should not sit together”. Then you can have the software auto assign the seats and from there fine-tune. It helped me tremendously.