Seating arrangements. The one stress a bride cannot avoid. Once you have received all of your RSVPs it’s time for you to sit down and sort out your wedding seating plan. It is very rare for a couple to plan their seating arrangement last minute and you do not want this to be you.
It’s like ripping off a band aid, once it’s over and done with you will feel so good about it! Plus you’ve got more important things to think about at that point. Seating arrangements are never set in stone and it’s fine to make last-minute changes.
Break It Down
Ok, so get Microsoft Excel ready because it is time to create a new spreadsheet. Sort your guest list document categorizing all the invitees by the relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, your family friends, your partner’s family friends.
Create a Paper Trail
If you prefer to do things more traditionally you can draw circles (for tables) on a big sheet of paper and write names inside them, you can also do this with sticky notes if you prefer. This will give you a visual idea of how your wedding party will look.
As you will know from attending other weddings, the traditional head table is not round, but long and straight, the bride and groom sit in the middle with the maid of honour next to the groom, the best man next to the bride.
This is tradition but if you are one to break the rules you can have it the other way! The bridesmaids can sit on the bride’s side and all the groomsmen on the groom’s.
If you want a more modern wedding, then you can abandon tradition altogether and let your wedding party sit at a round reception table or two with each other and/or with their dates. You also have the options of a sweetheart table for the two of you or you two sit with your parents and let that be the head table.
This is your wedding, not an episode of family feuds. In some cases, family members just do not get along, do not try and make them sit together. In other cases, some family member may not have seen each other or haven’t spoken in years.
The last thing you want is a drunken fight on your big day, therefore, it is best to keep them as far apart as possible. Make sure you have a think about all of your options before you start drawing your chart. Your guests will appreciate it and they will have a much better time during your big day.
Provide Reunion Time
If you are inviting old friends along to your day, it may be a nice idea to have all of your friends sitting together. High school friends will be delighted that they will be able to sit at a table together. It also gives them all an opportunity to catch up with each other.