It's one of the final tasks on your to-do list and this is how to get it done.
Planning a garden party with 20 guests? You may not need a seating plan. But if you’re having a traditional wedding breakfast, you’re going to want to know how to seat your guests effectively at your wedding reception venue.
Why? Well, not only do people like to know where they’re sitting, but they’ll also like that you took the time to choose where they should sit and with whom. It’s also helpful in a lot of other ways (especially when it comes to the food!) So read on for our stress-free tips on how to seat your guests.
You might think you can leave your seating plan to the last minute, but this is actually the wrong thing to do. Don’t be sat at your kitchen table the night before wanting to pull your hair out. You’ll have more important things to think about. Try and get your seating plan done a couple of months in advance. You’ll also find that your venue might require your seating plan a certain amount of time before the wedding too.
Don’t try and tackle all your guests at once. Break it down. Categorise your guest list by relationship, so you could have lists such as:
Doing this will allow you to tackle your seating plan in a much easier way.
Everything doesn’t have to be set in stone on the first draft. Figure out a way to plan it that works for you. A great method is drawing circles on a big piece of paper and then using sticky notes with people’s names on. This means you can move them around easily.
The top table is usually long and straight instead of round and faces all the other tables. You’ll find that the bride and groom sit in the middle – and then it’s completely up to you who else sits on the top table. You might want it to be both sets of parents, the maid of honour and the best man or another combination. It’s completely up to you.
If your parents are separated, it might be a tricker decision for you. But the parent-seating question is pretty flexible – set it up in a way that suits everyone. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to talk to the people involved before you make any final decisions.
Got an akward situation where certain family members don’t get along? That’s normal. Maybe they don’t speak anymore, or they’ve had a fight. In that case, you’d be right to keep them apart in your wedding reception venue.
Think about these relationships when you’re doing your seating plan so you can take them into consideration. They’ll definitely appreciate it!
Whether it’s your table names or decor, give people a conversation starter that connects people at each table together. They’ll all be so thrilled that they’re at your wedding. That’s what matters the most.
If you want help seating your guests at your wedding reception venue or any part of wedding planner, book an appointment to speak to one of our coordinator’s here.