The wedding is a special day for the a bride and groom; however the guests are also an essential part of the day. Here are a few tips on how to seat your guests as you receive your RSVPs.
Seating charts or place cards?
- Seating Charts: If you have a large guest count having a seating chart is highly recommended. Setting up 1 or 2 seating charts is easier than setting up 200 plus place cards.
- Place Cards: If your guest count is small, place cards are helpful. This will help you organize and seat your guests where you would like.
Where should I seat my guests?
Guest Tables - Try to seat like-minded people together. Group your coworkers, friends from school/collage, your parent’s guests, neighbors, relatives, etc and seat them accordingly.
Family Tables – We suggest that you seat ½ of the table for bride’s family and the other ½ for the groom’s family. This can help break the ice and bring the families together. Most of the time someone will share a funny story or two.
Children’s Tables – If you have children attending your wedding, it is suggested you seat them at a separate table with “kid friendly” décor and activities to keep them engaged. However if the child is a toddler, they can be seated next to the parent with a high chair with the same activities to keep them occupied and entertained.
Bridal Party – Having a head table for the bridal party is very traditional. However, the new trend is to have a round or a captain table that will seat the bridal party with their respective spouse or date. Their spouse or date will appreciate this and your head table will not look empty after dinner.
Vendor Table – As planners we recommend that you seat all your vendors at the same table. It makes it easier to communicate and notify them of any upcoming formalities.
Helpful Tip: If you start seating your guests as you receive your RSVPs, it will help save a lot of time as you get closer to your big day. Also the less people involved in the seating arrangement the better.