Wedding Reception Guests Prefer Assigned Seating

A recent survey by YouGov shows that 84% of people prefer their host to assign them a seat or table at a wedding reception. But planning the seating arrangements 'by hand' is such a headache that many couples still opt for unassigned seating. Oryx Digital intend to change all that with their seating arrangement software, PerfectTablePlan.

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(PRWEB) February 10, 2006

A recent survey by YouGov shows that 84% of guests prefer their host to assign them a seat or table at a wedding reception [1]. Only 13% prefer to be able to sit anywhere. But planning the seating arrangements is such a headache that many couples still opt for unassigned seating.

The traditional approach to planning seating arrangements is to write down guests’ names on scraps of paper and move these around. But this is time consuming and error prone. Cutting and pasting into a spreadsheet is little better. Oryx Digital intends to change all this with PerfectTablePlan, their seating assignment software for wedding receptions, parties and banquets.

Oryx Digital founder Andy Brice struggled to produce the table plan for his own wedding. "We wanted assigned seating so that the reception would go smoothly. But we found doing seating arrangements the traditional way was a nightmare. It is hardly surprising when you consider the mathematics - there are more ways to seat 25 guests than there are grains of sand on earth." Being a professional software developer he decided that this was a problem in need of a solution. PerfectTablePlan is the result.

PerfectTablePlan users decide which guests should sit near (or not near!) to each other and the shapes and sizes of tables. Guests are then assigned to seats automatically with a single mouse click. The seating assignments can then be fine-tuned using drag and drop. The software is designed for ease of use and should be easily mastered by anyone who can use a word processor or email. If the guest list is already in a spreadsheet or address book a table plan can be created in as little as 15 minutes.

"We think we have cracked one of the toughest problems in planning a wedding" said Andy Brice. "Certainly we get a lot of thank you emails from brides".

PerfectTablePlan version 2 is available for Windows and Macintosh for $34.95/£19.95 from http://www.perfecttableplan.com . A free trial can be downloaded from the website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Andy Brice, Oryx Digital Ltd, +44-1494-440130

[1] YouGov interviewed a sample of 1967 British Adults (Fieldwork: 3rd to 6th February 2006). The survey was carried out online. The sample was representative of all Great Britain Adults. YouGov is a member of the British Polling Council (http://www.britishpollingcouncil.org).

Question:

"Imagine you are invited to a wedding reception with a sit down meal. Which of the following would you most prefer?"

Results:

Your hosts have assigned you (and your partner) a specific seats - 51%

Your hosts had assigned you (and your partner) to a table but you can take any seat on the table - 33%

A free for all - no seats or tables have been assigned - 13%

Does not apply, do not/ would not attend a wedding reception - 3%

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A screenshot of PerfectTablePlan v2 on Microsoft Windows.


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A screenshot of PerfectTablePlan v2 on Apple Macintosh.


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The traditional approach to seating arrangements.