We know how frustrating creating a seating chart can be, if you’re choosing to have one. By the end, you’ll be pulling out your hair and that will not be a good wedding look. In an effort to avoid that disaster, we’ve pooled together some of our best seating chart tips to help ease that stress just a little bit.
You can also do this on a computer, if you’d rather not have a physical version, but having a physical piece of paper (and sticky notes) allows you to move guests around with ease and see how the space is going to work.
Previously, I just mentioned sticky notes. This is a great way to move around and keep track of the guests you’re trying to situate. Do different colors for the bride’s family, the groom’s family, and friends. You can also further break down friends however you see fit.
Older will more than likely spend more time at the table than your younger guests. You want to make sure your grandparents and other older guests are away from loud speakers and such a high traffic area like the dance floor.
While you may want to mix up your guests to force them into meeting new people and talking, if you mix too much, your guests will just end up not having as much fun.
If you’re inviting a lot of children to your wedding, it could be a great idea to have a separate children’s table to relieve some of the stress on the parents of said parents.
If you have a singles’ table, there’s a chance these guests will feel a little like they were just leftovers stuck together. By mixing them in, there’s a better chance of them having a good time.
It’s fine to have a table for just the wedding party, these are your closest friends, after all. However, you can’t forget about their dates. Placing them together or nearby is probably a good idea.
There’s a pretty good chance someone who didn’t RSVP will show up or someone you didn’t expect to bring a date inevitably will. For instances like these, it’s a good idea to have a dedicated table or to leave an extra seat at a few tables. Either that or have a few lawn chairs stored in a closet (not recommended). Perhaps your overflow table can also be where your waitstaff and other vendors take their break to eat dinner—they need to be included too!
However you choose to organize, we suggest trying not to stress too much about it. Thinking too hard will only add to your load. You have enough to worry about while wedding planning. At the end of the day, the most important thing is for you and your guests to have a great time. No one is going to remember where they sat if your food and music are top notch.
Featured image by David and Sarah Lynn
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