From family feuds to divorced parents and you best friend from work who doesn’t know anyone, there is plenty to consider when planning the seating chart for your reception. With the wedding to-do list growing longer each day, you and your other half may be thinking about scrapping the formal seating chart all together. But unless you are hosting a small buffet style meal, a seating plan in a must. Finding a seat can be tricky for guests at a big wedding, especially if they only know a few people. Ease your guests’ minds and make things easier for the servers with your seating chart.
The Head Table
Start simple by organizing the head table. Typically a longer a rectangular table, the bride and groom are placed at the center – the focal point of the celebration. The maid of honor is traditionally placed next to the bride and the best man next to the groom. The rest of the wedding party is paired and seated based on whom they walked down the aisle with.
While traditionally, your parents and your significant others parents are to be seated at the same table, this may not be the right situation for your family. With step-parents included, you may need up to four parent’s tables; and that’s ok! Talk to mom and dad about their seating preference and let them help you decide which family members to include where. Parents, grandparents and siblings who are not
in the wedding party are usually seated together. Be flexible and create an arrangement that will be comfortable for all parties involved.
Make seating simple and arrange friends and family based on their relationship to you: aunts and uncles,
cousins, work friends, college friends, etc. Members from these groups will be looking forward to catching up on your big day!
When splitting people up, make sure that every couple knows at least one other person at their table. Not sure what to do with your single friends? Be considerate; no one likes the feeling
of being placed at the singles table. Instead, intertwine singles and couples based on their friendships with each other.
The best advice when creating your seating chart is to tackle the challenge head on and be ready for some
last minute changes. Regardless of the dinner seating, your wedding day is sure to be one full of laughter and memories! And once the meal is over, everyone will be out on the dance floor, mingling and enjoying this celebration of love.
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