Creating a wedding setting plan can be an overwhelming task, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll see it doesn’t have to be stressful. Actually, it can be quite fun! To help you keep your head screwed on, here are some helpful tips to create the perfect seating arrangements for your wedding.
Pick The Shape of the Tables
Before you even begin thinking about seating arrangements, you need to know what the size and shape of your tables are. This will let you know how many guests can fit in each table. There are four basic table shapes for wedding: square, round, oval, and rectangle. If you’re having a big wedding, rectangular tables will be able to fit more guests. Round tables are usually the most common choice, but they don’t fit as much people although they do allow for more leg room. Whatever you choose for your wedding will be great, just make sure you do that before you start planning.
Choose a Spot For Your Parents
It’s traditional that the bride and groom’s parents, along with grandparents and siblings, who are not always a part of the wedding party, all share a table. This allows close family to spend some quality time at the wedding, especially the parents so they can enjoy such an important moment together and bond over it. Having a table only for them is a great idea because it won’t only make them feel special, it will give them a central place at the reception.
Of course, this can be tricky if you’re dealing with divorced parents who have a tense relationship. If that’s the case, the best option is to have two tables close to the head table so you can separate the parents and avoid any possible animosity. This is the perfect compromise to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings and keeping everyone comfortable.
You Know What They Say About Friends: Keep Them Close
The wedding party should also have its own table as a way to acknowledge how special their role is. Commonly, they have a place at the head table, which allows you to have your best friends close to you. However, if you want to seat them with their sweethearts, you can have a table for each member of the wedding party so they can seat with dates, spouses and close friends. If you do this, make sure they have the third best tables at the venue. Whatever you choose, it will be clear they are a central part of the reception.
Ask Your Parents for Help
If you’re inviting your parent’s friends and you don’t know where to seat them, let your parents or parents-in-law get involved so they can help you arrange everyone as comfortably as possible. After all, they’re the ones who know their friends and they know all about how they get along. Plus, if you ask them for help, they will feel like they are included in your planning process.
Categorize Your Guests
Once you have a list of everyone who will be attending your wedding, the best thing you can do is organize them all by categories. The best way of categorizing them is making groups, such as family, work friends, college friends, high school friends, childhood friends, etc. This will allow you to have a clear picture of the people who are coming so you can figure out how to put them all together. You can also categorize them by age, interests in common or background. The idea is to make everyone feel comfortable by having a mix of strangers and familiar faces at each table. This will help you create a nice environment and it will guarantee everyone will have fun.
Have A Table For the Kids
Designating a table for the kids is a must, especially if there will be several children at the wedding. This will allow the kids to be left alone to socialize and play with each other, while the parents enjoy the festivities. To make sure the children are entertained, plan activities and crafts to keep them busy. Also, don’t put the kids table in a corner! I know it might be tempting, put keep the table close to all the rest so the kids can see mom and dad if they look around. Remember they’re kids, and they might feel uncomfortable in an unfamiliar space.
Keep the Floor Plan In Mind
When you’re arranging the seating plan, make sure you keep the floor plan in mind. This will allow you to organize the tables accordingly. For example, close family and the wedding party should have the best seats in the house. And then organize everyone else in a hierarchy of sorts. If there are any guests in wheelchairs, make sure they’re seated towards the edge of the room so they have space to move around. Older people should be away from the band and the speakers to make them comfortable; save these seats for young people instead!
Make a Digital or Physical Seating Chart
Making a digital or physical seating chart will allow you to visualize how everyone will be seated at your wedding a bit more easily. Digital seating charts can be made online and they’re super easy to put together however you see fit. Physical seating charts are perfect for brides who really want the feel of arranging the seats with their own hands and for brides who have a knack for crafts. Physical seating charts can be made with Post-its or pins with the names of each guest so you can move them around the chart easily.
As you can see, putting a wedding seating plan together is all about organization and being able to find the perfect spot for everyone!