One of the most frustrating thing that you will encounter in your wedding planning is your seating charts. Your Aunt Betty doesn’t speak to your Cousin Joe, and your Maid of Honor just broke up with the Best Man. Seating arrangements and charts can be a literal nightmare for any bride to be. Thankfully there are guidelines and options available to help ease at least some of that stress.
If you are having a smaller affair with 100 or less people, a seating plan is not necessary but is definitely an option if you desire…hey, it is your wedding, go for it. For the larger wedding a seating plan does reduce some of the stress for your guests. Imagine walking into a crowded room, not knowing anyone and the awkwardness of walking up to a table of complete strangers and asking for a seat.
It is generally appreciated to sit people among their acquaintances, everyone is most comfortable with others they know. Who wants to be seated at a table where no one knows anyone? Yes, you will always have guests who don’t know anyone; try to seat them with people their own age, social group, and of like interests. When arranging your seating charts, be sensitive to those who don’t get along and will be tense. The last thing you want in your wedding photos is that fight that your father’s cousins got into.
To help your guests locate their seats, it is generally a good idea to use a place-cards arranged on a table alphabetically with table numbers printed on them. For assigned seating at the individual tables, include a seating chart at your reception venue entrance and place-cards at the assigned seats so that guests can quickly find their places without confusion.
Love Birds Place Cards by Sarah Coats Designs
Butterfly Place Cards by Posh Events