The Facts of Wedding Seating Charts

Whether for your bridal shower brunch or formal wedding reception dinner, making seating charts and assigning guests to tables can entirely change the energy of a room. Read these helpful tips for creating a successful seating chart that will completely enhance your event!

Yes, you should create a seating chart.
In order to prevent any confusion, arguments or stampedes on your wedding day, do yourself a favor and create a seating chart. You may not want to go so far as assigning guests to specific seats, but escort cards will guide them calmly to their assigned table.

Yes, you need a plan for creating your seating chart.
Physically visiting the venue beforehand and requesting a floor plan will definitely help you with the process.

It's all about the presentation.
First, let’s clarify: escort cards direct guests to their tables; place cards are displayed at each place setting. With that said, set up a creative escort card table at the entrance of the reception area.

Sometimes, the old fashioned way is better.
Plan seating at your reception the old-fashioned way: write each person's name on a three-by-five card and group guests into sets of six, eight, or 10 to represent table size. You can also replicate your venue with the use of your floor plan and Post-It tabs. Online seating tools are also available and are still great planning options.

Weddings are for happy tears only.
Avoid seating people together who have a history they wish they could erase. Your wedding day is for happy tears only! At the same time, avoid placing your single girlfriends together at one table. Mix it up!

Your guests matter.
Use your seating plan to introduce people with similar interests and backgrounds. Try to make everyone feel comfortable by offering a mix of familiar and new faces at each table. 

Nobody puts Baby [or the bride] in the corner.
It’s important to remember that your guests are there to see you, so sit in a visible spot. If you choose to sit at a round table rather than a sweetheart or banquet, consider stopping at every table and greet your guests at the reception.

It's okay to ask for help.
It’s understandable if you’re not sure where to seat your parent’s close friends, distant cousin or exes. A second set of eyes never hurt!

--Keely-Shea Smith

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