New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Seating Plan -

✤ En­sure that each guest is comfortable by po­si­tion­ing them with at least one or two other peo­ple they know or have met be­fore.

✤ Have re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions of your guests’ so­cial ca­pa­bil­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, it’s un­likely that an ex­tremely shy per­son is sud­denly go­ing to come out of their shell if you place them at a ta­ble with peo­ple they don’t know.

✤ Don’t force your sin­gle guests to­gether, but if you have two guests who you gen­uinely think will hit it off, po­si­tion them at the same ta­ble so they have a chance to get to know each other.

✤ Be­gin work­ing on your seat­ing plan as early as pos­si­ble, even if you’re still wait­ing on a few RSVPS. If you have the foun­da­tions in place, it’s eas­ier to re-jig seats at the last minute if some guests can’t at­tend. Work on an A2 piece of pa­per, writ­ing each name on a post-it note, draw­ing your con­fig­u­ra­tion and reshuf­fling seat­ing as you go. Then draw a fi­nal so­lu­tion on the op­po­site page.

✤ Dis­play your seat­ing chart on a black­board or pin board so guests can eas­ily find their place. You could also po­si­tion place cards on ta­bles so every­one knows where they’re meant to go.

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