Drafting and finalising your seating plan can be extremely difficult, this post aims to give you some top tips on how to plan your seating, group your guests and chart your tables.
First things first if you are having a small informal event or buffet don’t feel pressured into having a seating plan, it depends on your own day and the atmosphere you want to share.
Start Early – you will be surprised how much time it can take to plan your seating so don’t leave it until a week or two before the big day.
Use Table Names Not Numbers – table numbers can leave guests feeling there’s a hierarchy so use table names not numbers. You could link this to your wedding theme or location for example films, cities or even your favourite drinks.
Don’t Match Make – your wedding seating plan is not the time to try and pair up your single friends, it’ll be very obvious and could cause a lot of issues on the day.
Personalise Your Top Table – if your top table doesn’t suit you, customise it to suit.
Keep to Groups – try to have groups of family, friends or colleagues together on your tables. Try to have your guests know at least one other person on their table and avoid people together that clash. We don’t want any arguments.
Keep Couples Together – other than bridesmaids and ushers try not to separate any couples.
There Will be Changes – no matter how much you plan and organise your wedding there will be some last minute changes to your guest list and your seating plan. So plan your seating as last as possible but remember there will be changes and your venue will be used to this to, so communicate any changes with them.
Meal Choices – if you are having a choice of meal mark this on the guests placecard as it will help the waiting staff.
Have a Large Seating Chart – a large seating chart shows guests which table they are on and saves on the hassle of checking each table.
Do What is Best for you Both – so if that means an unusual seating plan, a traditional one or no seating plan remember you need to be happy and feel comfortable with your choice.
For some general inspiration and ideas for your wedding have a look at the Tartan Rose Weddings Pinterest page.
Previous ‘What You Should Know About…’ posts include:
- What You Should Know About… Wedding Budgets
- What You Should Know About… Picking Your Wedding Date
- What You Should Know About… Unplugged Ceremonies
- What You Should Know About… Choosing Your Wedding Venue
- What You Should Know About… Choosing Your Wedding Caterer
- What You Should Know About… Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
- What You Should Know About… Your Bouquets, Boutonnieres and Wedding Flowers
- What You Should Know About… Your Wedding Transport
- What You Should Know About… Your Officiant
- What You Should Know About… The Wedding Procession
- What You Should Know About… Wedding Dress Shopping
Here are some of topics that will covered over the next few weeks: