I am nowhere near creating a seating chart, but from what I’ve heard, it’s one of the most tedious tasks a bride and groom have to endure and making sure guests mesh well together can take hours of deliberation. With only one opportunity to get it right, designing a seating chart that pleases everyone is worth all the extra time and aggravation it takes to create.
If your RSPV’s are flooding in and you are ready to conquer the chart, before you start writing down names and table numbers, visualize your venue! Creating a floor plan of your space will allow you to picture where everything is set up. From the dance floor to the DJ and speakers, being able to visualize will help you seat the older crowd in a quieter part of the room and the party animal’s right where they belong – close to the dance floor! If you need assistance or want to check out a seating chart template check outWedding Wire or Wedding Mapper for help.
Figuring out where to seat your family at your reception can become a task within itself. To makes sure your family is not seated where you know they’ll loathe or next to a family member or friend you know they hate, start with your closest relatives and bridal party first, and then fill the gaps with guests that have similar personalities. Try not to make your single or married friends feel like they have the plaque by seating them all at one table instead mix them up and seat them where you know they’ll feel comfortable and motivated to mingle. It’s also a good idea to keep one table empty so vendors and any unexpected guests can sit and enjoy the night. For more seating etiquette suggestions check out Martha Stewart Weddings.
Even though seating charts may seem insignificant, having a plan will keep everything running smoothly. Have you ever attended an event with open seating? It can get messy. If you’re looking to simplify the task, assign tables for your guests and allow them to choose where they want to sit at that particular table. Check with your catering manager first if you decide to go this route, this might work best if you are serving only one entrée during the reception.
When you finally figure out where to seat everyone, the next step is to determine how to get them there. Here are a few unique ideas on how to guide your guests to their tables.