Wedding reception seating plan.
Creating a wedding reception seating plan can be complicated for any bride and groom, but it can be doubly challenging to know who in your family and friend groups will get on. However, by following a few simple steps you can create harmony for both you and your wedding guests.
Step 1: Begin by deciding where YOU will sit.
As the happy couple, it’s usual for you to sit at the head of the room or in a central location that’s easily visible from various points around the room. If you’re having a DJ, band, speeches and toasts throughout the day, make sure you choose a spot that offers a good view of what’s going on.
Step 2: Choose who will sit close to you.
Who gets the privilege of sitting on the head table with you will rather depend on how big your table is going to be. You can include the parents, the best man and head bridesmaid, each with a plus one – if you are having trouble deciding or your situation is complicated, you can always just make it a table for two!
Step 3: Group guests by relationship – family, friends and colleagues.
Start grouping your guests by their connection to you. Siblings from both families can share tables, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and others. Friends come next, then your colleagues and neighbours.
Step 4: Be strategic and sensitive.
If you know that certain people have trouble getting along, seat them at different tables for everyone’s benefit. Avoid having one single person at a table full of couples or filling a table with only single people. It’s a great idea to introduce a blend of acquaintances and new faces into each group, so that everyone at the wedding is sitting at a table with at least one familiar person.
Step 5: Consider age needs and limitations.
Are you having children at the wedding? You could think about having a specific children’s table but that will only work if they can feed themselves and can behave at events without a parent being on hand. Depending on the ages and personalities of the children, it may be better to include them in the mix with the adults.
Step 6: Number or name the tables.
Unless you’re having a very formal reception dinner, it’s not necessary to have individual seat assignment. Think about just giving guests their table assignment and then let them work out who to sit next to. Many people simply number the tables at their wedding; but if you want to add a touch of uniqueness and fun, you could give every table a creative name. Just make sure that the table name is clearly displayed so that people don’t have to wander around to find their spot.
Step 7: Have extra seating available
Leave a few seats open throughout the room so that you can accommodate a few extra guests at the last minute. Give yourself flexibility, but don’t stress too much about making every guest happy. After all, it’s your day.
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