The success of your wedding reception will be the seating plan of your wedding guests. With a good wedding seating plan your reception will run smoothly and your guests won’t have the mad rush of sitting next to their family and friends. For a great atmosphere, seat guests with other guests that they know. This is a celebration, not a networking event, so don’t feel that you should be engineering new friendships through a clever seating plan.Guests will mingle and meet each other during the drinks reception, regardless of the seating plan. Place people where they will be happiest and where they will most enjoy their day.
The best tip for forming a wedding seating plan is to start as early as possible. There is no point waiting for the guests to all RSVP or you will be in a mad rush at the end. Visit your venue and discuss the table options. Do they only have long tables? Are round tables available? If you have long tables put couples opposite each other, and if you go with round tables place couples next to each other. It is a good idea to mix people up a bit. If you place only close friends and family together they won’t mingle, but if you put people with all total stranger, it is only going to make the reception awkward. The bets thing to do is to strike a balance between the two. Think about the age and types of people you are putting together.
If you have a lot of single people distribute them amongst the table, do not put them all on one table! You can do a little bit of match making if you fancy it, but don’t make it look too forced. Remember also to put tables full of your closest friends next to the top table as they are likely to be the most engaged in the speeches. Finally think about your table places and seating plan map so that your guests will actually be able to find their places quickly and easily.
Traditionally the bride and groom are in the centre at the top table. They are then flanked by the bride’s parents, which are then flanked by the grooms’s parents. Finally the best man and head bridesmaid bookend the top table. This is the typical plan but really it is your wedding so you can do it how you like it.
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