Are you just getting started with your seating chart and are looking for some basic tips! This is the blog post for you!
You can also check out how we suggest DIY couples plan out their seating charts HERE. The old adage is true… you don’t know what you don’t know!
So here’s how to make the tough decisions and do the right things when it comes to creating the seating plan for your wedding reception - because directing guests to a specific table (or maybe even a specific place setting) makes them feel comfortable. No one wants to feel like they're jockeying over chairs like they're in a high school cafeteria all over again.
-Don't: Make your reception into a free-for- all.
-Do: Arrange a seating chart for any guest list over 50, even if you think this is a drag. Even if you want a low-key, fluid vibe where guests aren't stuck in their chairs all night, guests will like knowing where to go immediately upon entering your reception area.
You may also use your seating plan to introduce people with similar interests, backgrounds, etc. Try to make everyone feel comfortable by offering a mix of familiar and new faces at each table.
-Don't: Forget to consider complicated relationships.
-Do: Let divorced parent head a separate table to keep the peace.
-Don't: Sit people together who have a complicated past, clump all your single friends together at one table or, conversely, plop an unattached pal at a table full of marrieds. Avoid lumping together people who have zero in common, too.
-Do: Do use your seating plan to introduce people with similar interests, backgrounds, etc.
Try to make everyone feel comfortable by offering a mix of familiar and new faces at each table.
-Don't: Sit discreetly at your wedding
-Do: Sit in a spot where every guest gets a good look at the newlyweds. Whether you sit at a table all alone with your new hubby or at a larger table with attendants or family, sit so you're facing your guests.
-Don't: Tackle hard seating questions by yourself.
-Do: Enlist your wedding planner to help guide you when you're not sure of the best seating arrangements at certain tables.
Feel free to let your parents give suggestions -which is especially helpful if you don't have a clue where to seat their friends who are attending.
-Don't: Go blindly into making a seating chart
-Do: Work off a copy of the floor plan at your reception's locale. This will help you position people wisely if there are unexpected pillars or walls on site.
Ask your wedding coordinator to help you design the room in the way it best fits the venue and your needs. They may be able to complete the layout for you! Have more questions or really just need help? Awesome! Hop on a call with us 307-632-2642!