Seat­ing ar­range­ments mat­ter

South Waikato News - - WEDDINGS -

Most wed­dings bring a range of peo­ple to­gether who wouldn’t nor­mally so­cialise.

Your fam­ily, your part­ner’s fam­ily, fam­ily friends, el­derly relatives, close friends, your bosses – in short, a range of cul­tures, ages, in­ter­ests and views.

At your re­cep­tion these peo­ple will be in close con­tact dur­ing the meal, the speeches and the so­cial­is­ing time be­fore and af­ter.

A seat­ing plan en­sures your guests will have the best time pos­si­ble. It doesn’t have to be a diplo­matic night­mare if you con­sider the fol­low­ing:

Don’t start the seat­ing plan un­til all your guests have replied. It takes long enough with­out hav­ing to con­tin­u­ally re­vise it.

Think about who knows who and who will find things in com­mon.

It is a good idea to seat peo­ple of sim­i­lar ages and in­ter­ests to­gether.

The best seats in the house go to the par­ents.

Ask both fam­i­lies about any fam­ily mem­bers who have fallen out and don’t put feud­ing relatives at the same ta­ble.

Put your clos­est group of friends to­gether. This will be the nois­i­est ta­ble and the one guar­an­teed to have the most fun.

If you find you have to put a group to­gether who have vary­ing per­son­al­i­ties, ask the most out­go­ing per­son to act as ta­ble host in ad­vance, so they can make sure ev­ery­one is in­tro­duced and mix­ing com­fort­ably.

Don’t worry if peo­ple swap seats/ name cards to or­gan­ise things dif­fer­ently.

It means they are sort­ing them­selves into so­cial groups for a great time.

Gen­er­ally do what­ever you feel is best for your guests, thereby en­abling ev­ery­one to have a most en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

HAVE A PLAN: Seat­ing plans re­quire plenty of thought for a suc­cess­ful, fun re­cep­tion.

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