Do you know what it takes to create a great wedding reception seating plan? You may think it is, but it can easily become quite complicated.
To begin your wedding reception seating strategy, you have to know how many tables you will set up at your wedding reception, as well as how many chairs will be at each table. It is easy to find out. Just contact your wedding reception venue. In addition, ask for a chart of where the tables are placed at the wedding reception.
Don’t begin on the seating plan until you know how many tables and chairs at the tables you have to work with. Contact the wedding reception facility and make sure to ask for a chart of where the tables are located. The reception venue may be able to provide you with blank seating charts. The seating chart should be prepared months before the wedding, but you shouldn’t finalize it until a couple of weeks before the big day.
Place card holders are attractive decorations and functional accessories. Use place card holders to help your guest find their seats. They provide a great way to help your guests with the seating. Place card holders enable your guests to quickly find their seat. Each card should contain the first and last name of each guest.
If you are having a large wedding reception, creating the wedding reception seating plan can be a source for conflict between you and your family. You may want your friends close to you and your mother may want one of her friends closer than you would like. After dinner, some tables may need to be taken down or moved, so don’t seat very old guests at these tables.
Seat family members who don’t see each other often to help them catch up on the latest family issues. Don’t force people to seat with people they don’t like. You should only seat family members together, if they enjoy each other’s company. Seat an even number of guests at each table.
If you know of a guest that enjoys dancing, make sure you seat them close to the dance floor. To avoid possible fights, divorced parents should have their own tables far away from each other. Seat them separately with their respective family members.
Keep small children next to their parents, a separate kids table could quickly turn into chaos.
Don’t wait until the last minute to decide who should sit at which table, proper planning takes time. Seating should not be a result of decision made based on gut feeling. Planning proper seating is hard work, and it requires careful planning.