Seating arrangements matter
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.