Assigned seats at a wedding reception add a touch of elegance and a sense of order to to the festivities. If you are trying to implement social distancing into your wedding planning, then having wedding escort cards or place cards set out for everyone can help with this.
Figuring out exactly "who will sit where" may seem like a daunting task but with a little organization and the following tips from WhereBridesGo.com, this task will be a lot easier to tackle.
The First Steps
Get a good look at the space where your reception will be held. If possible, ask the venue to supply you with a diagram of the room to give you a better idea of where everything will be placed. Place the essentials around the room first, like the head table, the DJ or band, food tables, etc...
After that, decide whether you would like to assign guests simply by table, allowing them to choose their own chairs, or go all out and decide which specific seat each guest will take.
Categorize the Guests
It can be very helpful to categorize guests in some way, such as work colleagues, old school friends, etc... and keep people together that you know will enjoy each other's company. If you'd like different sets of friends to get to know each other better, try to put them in groups where everyone has something in common, besides knowing the two of you, of course.
The Head Table
Obviously, you and your new spouse will be sitting at the head table. You need to decide if it will be a sweetheart table just for the two of you or if the wedding party will be sitting there also. If it's the latter, the next decision to make is whether there will be room for your wedding party's dates to join them at the head table. If not, try to keep the dates' seats near the head table.
A wedding joins two families together. Your parents and immediate family will want to have a good view of everything happening on this special day. Decide whether both sets of parents should be seated with their own immediate family or instead seated together so they can get to know each other better. Take care when seating divorced parents. The goal is for everyone to be comfortable and have a good time with no family drama, only joy.
Keep Your Friends Close
Your closest friends will likely be in your wedding party, meaning they are already seated either at the head table or close to it. Keep other friends you want to spend a lot of the evening with nearby as well.
Consider activities too. For example, if you're all big dancers, friends' tables should have easy access to the dance floor.
The Rest of the List
Unless you're hosting a small, intimate wedding there are likely to be guests that you aren't extremely close to, such as friends of your parents or distant relatives you don't see often. Enlist your parents' help for seating their friends and, just like with your own friends, do your best to seat everyone near people they will have something in common with.
If you are inviting enough children to fill a table or two of their own and they are old enough to sit away from their parents, a kids' table can be a great idea. They get to have a good time with people their own age while their parents get to enjoy some quality grown-up time.
Be sure to place the kids' table where parents can keep an eye on it. If you won't be setting up a kids-only table at the reception, consider creating special place settings for children with something to keep them entertained, such as coloring pages or a small toy.
Make the Chart Easy to Adjust
Don't just put pen to paper and start writing down a seating chart that will undoubtedly change quite a few times before you are finished. Draw out the main floor plan with tables in place. Then you can use mini post-it notes with guests' names on them to place people in possible seats. These can easily be moved around as needed until you find the perfect arrangement.
This can also be done on a bulletin board with pinned names instead of sticky notes. If you're more of a digital person, there are apps and computer programs that allow you to do everything on an easily changed screen too.
Don't overthink it overthink the seating chart and cause yourself unnecessary stress. Guests can always trade seats later if needed. By the time they do, you'll be too busy enjoying your special day to worry about it!
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Take a good look around all of the gorgeous wedding decorations and accessories on our website and let them inspire you to create the wedding of your dreams!
~The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant