5 Tips for seat­ing suc­cess

Life & Style Weekend - - WEDDINGS -

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.

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