The Seating Chart Breakdown

For most of my clients, creating a wedding seating chart can be a stressful and time-consuming effort, and it doesn't help that it is one of the last tasks to check off of your list. But over the years, I have learned a few tips and tricks to help alleviate some of the stress. So make sure to follow this guideline when working on your seating chart. 

 

ASSIGNED TABLES VS. ASSIGNED SEATS

Assigning your guests to tables is the most common form of a wedding seating chart. They simply find their name and look to see what table they have been assigned to. However, if you are choosing to have a plated meal with different selections, you will need to think about how to assign specific seats to reduce the risk of misplaced meal options such as place cards with specific identifiers.

 

START EARLY

Having a great RSVP strategy will help reduce stress. As you start to receive RSVP/regrets, make sure to accurately document each response to make the process seamless.

 

HEAD TABLE VS. SWEETHEART TABLE

Each couple has a different idea on where they would like to sit during their reception. More often than not, the couple sits at the center of the wedding-party table. However, a smaller sweetheart table for two, is a more intimate way to enjoy the reception together.

 

ASK FOR HELP

Make sure to include your parents in this task. They will be able to help you find the best place for their friends and even some family members, and trust me, they will be more than happy to help! 

 

KIDS TABLE

I think it is always best to designate a kids table if possible with games and crafts to keep them entertained. If you only have a few children attending the wedding, then they can be seated with their parents.

 

CONSIDER TABLES WITH OLDER GUESTS

When placing your older guests, make sure they are closer to exits and nearby restrooms, and all costs DO NOT place them by speakers or right in front of the dance floor.  

 

DON'T OVERTHINK IT!

I know it can be stressful, but when you break it down, guests will not be sitting at their table the entire night. It's best not to stress too much about breaking all of your guests into the perfect groups. It will all come together and fall into place.