It makes an impact on the atmosphere of the party and helps your guests feel taken care of by removing unwanted feelings of social anxiety just to enjoy their meal.However, letting your guests play musical chairs can lead straight to seating disaster.So, the short answer is yes – you need a seating chart.Of all the items needed for a great event, a structured seating chart with table assignments is one of the more important.As a professional photographer having the opportunity to capture the most touching moments for engaged couples and their families, I couldn’t be more pleased to be here at Kahn’s Catering where we not only cater weddings, but corporate and special events.People tend to stake their claim at open seating events, regardless of their group’s size.This can litter the room with empty chairs are random tables if a group doesn’t completely fill out the table.Open seating can also be problematic for the parents of the couple and their immediate families.If select tables are not reserved for specific individuals, there is a good chance that someone important will be stuck with a seat at the back of the room. It is a greatly unnecessary burden to place on a family that may have to split up in order to find seating.It creates a smoother and more seamless meal service. The escort card tells guests which table they are to be seated, but the place cards tells them which individual seat was chosen for them. However, with table-only assigned seating it is acceptable to combine names on the card. It would lead to a very bad dinner service if escort cards had dual purpose.Things can become very chaotic when a caterer starts auctioning off meals by asking “Who has the chicken? Several could end up missing and many guests could end up with the wrong meal.