5 Tips for seating success
FAMILY, friends and family friends…things can get a bit complicated, especially when it comes to deciding who sits where on your big day.
A successful reception relies tremendously on a successful seating plan. Rather than simply placing family here and friends there, put some thought into the personalities on each table.
Here are five tips on planning a successful seating arrangement.
#1: The closest tables
The tables closest to the bridal party should be reserved for the bride and groom’s closest friends and family. Keep in mind it is an honour for guests to be seated here, so carefully consider the arrangements as you don’t want to upset anyone who may feel hurt not sitting close by.
#2: Mix it up
Keeping family and friend cliques together reduces the chance of guests mingling. On the other hand, separating friends or family may cause some discomfort. Try and strike a happy medium. As a general rule, keep a quarter of people in one group together and join with three other quarters of different groups. Consider peoples personalities, interests and ages and connect accordingly.
Personality tip: Extroverted people are great to incorporate on a table of people who may not necessarily all know each other, as it is vital to have that one person confident enough to break the ice and help introduce others on the table who may be more withdrawn.
#3: Think about singles
While couples are always seated together, singles can often be left to feel like the fifth wheel or worse, put on the ‘singles table’. Never have a table dedicated to singles as this can make then feel like they don’t fit in anywhere else. Instead, play cupid on your own wedding day and give matchmaking a go. Without making it too obvious, why not put your groom’s cute single friend on the same table as your gorgeous single girl pal?
#4: Family joining
Remember this is the coming together of two families, so seating the bride and groom’s parents close to one another is a good idea to help the cohesion of the evening and promote the mingling of all guests.
Extra tip: Avoid possible awkward situations and consider any recent family feuds such as separations or divorces.
#5: Consider a kiddy corner
If children are invited to your wedding, a devoted space for children to play is a great idea to keep both kids and parents happy.