As the big day gets closer, there’s one job on the wedding planning to do list that you just can’t ignore – the seating plan. Your wedding table plan is really important if you want to create fantastic atmosphere during your wedding breakfast. So, if you’d like happy guests without any stress, read on…
How to create a great seating plan
Let’s just start by saying that wedding table plans really make a difference. Even if you want your reception to be a relaxed affair, letting guests know where to sit is still a good idea. People don’t have to panic about finding a seat, all the tables are equally balanced and your caterers will know who’s where (crucial if you’ve got guests with allergies). Most importantly, with a little planning, you can make sure everyone’s sitting with people they know or will get along with. Now that’s a must for a great wedding!
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Here are our top tips for perfect wedding table plans:
• Speak to your venue – double check how many tables there will be and how many people can be sat at each.
• You can mix up friendship/family groups as long as each guest/couple knows someone else on the table.
• Keep couples together – this will make everyone much happier and much more relaxed.
• Think carefully before planning a ‘singles table’. You might want to play matchmaker with your mates but they might not be so keen!
• If you’re having a children’s table, make sure their parents are seated nearby so they can keep an eye on them.
• Think about your guests – place anyone with hearing issues nearer the top table to hear the speeches and guests with little ones in pushchairs might need a little extra room.
• Don’t offend older family members – they’ll expect to be on the tables closest to the bride and groom.
Say goodbye to awkwardness!
The thought of planning your tables might not be a happy one if you’ve got a complicated situation to resolve. Divorces, step-parents, family squabbles and any number of headaches can be tricky. But don’t worry, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last. Do tell your wedding coordinator of your worries and ask for their advice. They’ll also then be able to help on the day if needs be so remember, it’s good to share.
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Advice for your top table
Traditionally, the bride and groom sit with their parents, best man and chief bridesmaid on the top table facing all their guests. As you look at this table, the seating order from the left would be: chief bridesmaid, groom’s father, bride’s mother, groom, bride, bride’s father, groom’s mother, best man.
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But, you don’t have to stick to this is you don’t want to. Your bridesmaid and best man could sit on guest tables with their partners, your parents could ‘host’ a table or you and your partner could opt for a ‘sweetheart table’ for two instead. It’s your wedding day so do what makes you happy and enjoy yourself!
If you’ve got any other wedding planning headaches, you might like to take a look at our advice for tackling wedding planning arguments.