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Seating your guests: Tips for planning a wedding seating arrangement

One of the most important tips that you should follow is to not wait until the last minute to create a seating chart.
Feb. 3, 2014 | By: The staff

Deciding on a seating arrangement for the wedding reception is one of the most difficult tasks that you’ll need to accomplish when planning your wedding. It can also be one of the most frustrating experiences as well. One of the most important tips that you should follow is to not wait until the last minute to create a seating chart. The seating will, of course, be determined by the guests who will be attending the wedding. Be sure to place an RSVP on your invitations that provides you with enough time to make a seating plan. 

• Pay attention to the seating plan. Many brides choose to ignore it until the last minute and then face a lot of stress and anxiety over it.

• Obtain a seating chart from the reception venue and make several copies of it. You’ll be able to utilize it to move people around until you are happy with the results. Most venues number the tables so you can utilize these numbers for your arrangement.

• Keep the seating plan simple. Follow the most obvious guidelines in order to avoid difficulties. For example, keep the bridal party together at the bride and groom table and place the parent’s tables close to the bridal party.

• Consider personalities when seating people together. The goal is for each table to have a group that will converse well with each other.

• Avoid putting all the single women together. This is a common mistake but one that you can evade by taking some extra time to think about the seating.

• Always use seating cards. Guests expect them and everyone will appreciate an organized arrangement.

• Rethink having seating cards done by a calligrapher because you may not have enough time to get them done. There are always last minute changes to consider as well.

• If you haven’t heard back from invitees by the deadline specified on the RSVP begin calling them. You can enlist the help of a friend or relative to start making the calls.

• Keep in mind that there will always be some last-minute changes. The uncle you thought wasn’t going to fly in for the wedding will be in town after all. The friend will call to ask if she can bring a date. Know that you’ll be trying to hit a moving target and don’t over-stress about it.

• Leave yourself plenty of time to create a seating arrangement. You should strive to have the completed seating plan done at least five days before the wedding.

• Don’t stress over the seating plan. Guests will be sitting through the meal and dessert but then will begin mingling and seating is no longer an issue. 

The staff.