Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Do We Need a Seating Chart?

A large number of brides are choosing to have a very informal reception and let their guests choose their own seats during the meal.  At first, this may seem like a great idea, but the mayhem that you may experience may surprise you, and your guests.

As guests seat themselves in groups of friends, and families with children perhaps, the tables fill up, and a few single chairs are left here, and there.  Then more guests begin looking for seats together, and must separate, as there are no large groups of chairs together. Half an hour later, you have a room full of unhappy guests and sad faces.   

Keep in mind, some of your guests do not know each other, and may be hesitant to ask someone to move out of a chair to allow them to sit with friends and family.

Creating a wedding seating chart may start out simply, but the process can get complicated once it's underway.
Your plans to make everyone happy can turn into an argument quickly about which guests will want to sit together. Guests who already know one another will want a chance to visit, but guests who are unacquainted with the bride and groom's friends and family should feel at home and comfortable.

My suggestion would be to let the bride's and groom's parents help make the arrangements, since they'll have a better idea about how to seat their friends. When it comes to the couple's friends -- especially those who don't know each another -- you should carefully consider their interests and personalities, and arrange the seating accordingly. You may even consider reserving a table for your single guests.

all seating chart images
The bride and groom have some options as far as seating: Though the bride and groom are traditionally seated at a table with the wedding party, they can also consider an intimate table for two, or a small table for the couple, their parents, and especially close friends.
image of sweetheart table design

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