Thursday, November 1, 2012

Seating Charts

I love working on seating charts. Why? Because it is the absolute best way to ensure your guests have a great time at your wedding. It has almost nothing to do with formality and everything to do with helping you balance the energy of your wedding.  A seating arrangement is so important because it creates a comfort level for your guests because they will know exactly what table you have reserved for them at dinner.

Taking the time to plan seating is the ultimate sign of a good host and hostess. It shows that you’ve taken the time to plan out every important detail, the most important being the comfort and enjoyment of your guests.  Your guests will appreciate the time and effort that went into making their evening so memorable.

Tips:

Gather your RSVP cards and start classifying your guests according to relations, such as family, work colleagues, childhood friends, family friends, etc.  Doing this will allow you to group people accordingly

Assign family members first.  Family should be seated as close the head table as possible. 

Seat elderly guests away from loud speakers.

Mix personality types and create a balance at the table.

Try to have an even number of men and women at a table.

Seat children under eight at the same table as their parents.  If you have a group of tweens or teens, give them their own table.

Seat singles at tables with couples and family.  Avoid having a "singles table"

Once your plan is complete, prepare a large seating diagram that shows the assignments.  This should be on hand at the venue in case of any problems on your wedding day.

Always ensure your wedding day coordinator has a master list alphabetized by last name that includes the guest's name and their table number/name.