6 Things to Remember When Seating Your Wedding Guests

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Making your seating plan for your reception can be a minefield. There are so many things to take into account when you’re deciding who sits where. Writing your plan takes time and a bit of thought, but don’t worry – we have compiled a list of all the little things you need to think about.

Here are 6 things to bare in mind when seating your guests:

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1. Kids

If you have a lot of kids attending your wedding, you may want to consider having a designated kids table. This way they will keep each other entertained and you can even put activities on the table to give them something to do. If it’s within your budget, you can even hire a few qualified babysitters for the day. Just pick a room in your reception venue and make it into your fully-staffed creche. This leaves the parents attending your wedding completely free to relax and enjoy their day.

2. Divorce

Life is not perfect and sometimes there are unpleasant things to take into account when seating your guests. Perhaps you or your partner’s parents are divorced and do not get along. This can make a few things a little awkward on your big day. Traditionally the bride and groom’s parents are seated together on one table. Instead of leaving one parent out of this tradition you can omit it from your day completely. Seat people where they will be the most comfortable and will cause the least amount of friction.

3. Age

When it comes to taking age into account, you must tread very carefully. Elderly people do not want to be sitting on a table with only over 70s. Instead, seat your elderly guests with whom they feel the most comfortable with.

4. Singles

It isn’t really a good idea to have a singles table. It brings to attention the fact that these guests are single, and they may not feel comfortable with that. We are living in modern times now and a person does not have to be in a partnership to be happy.

5. Personalities

You are not going to be able to please everyone on this one but if you can see that a group of guests have a lot in common and will get along very well, why not seat them together? In the same breath, if you know certain people will have personality clashes try to seat them separately.

6. Head Table

Traditionally the head table consists of the main wedding party, bridesmaids, best men etc., but it’s your special day and if there were any people not in the main wedding party that you would like at the head table with you, just go for it. You are there to enjoy your day and have the people that mean the most to you close by.

By Jennifer Warnock, Excalibur Press