Tips on Creating the Perfect Seating Chart

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson

When it comes to reception decor, your wedding seating chart might be the most practical item but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with it! However, before you get creative on the design you’ll have to put your puzzle skills to use. A seating chart is about getting all the pieces in the right place to see the final grand piece. That is why today on the blog we are sharing our tips on creating your seating chart stress-free.


TIP #1: CONSIDER YOURSELVES

Are you planning to sit at a sweetheart table for just the two of you, or do you need to work yourselves into the seating chart? If a sweetheart table isn’t something you’ve considered, here’s why you might want to. If you do plan to sit at a main table at your reception, will it be with your family or your wedding party? These are all options you should discuss between yourselves, rather than making the decision solo.

Benjamin Clifford Photography

Benjamin Clifford Photography

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Candice Krause Photography

Candice Krause Photography

Peaches & Twine Photography

Peaches & Twine Photography

TIP #2: CONSIDER YOUR GUESTS

Now that you have decided if you are seating with guest or not we can the process. The next step is simple, seat people together who know each other (or who should know each other, but don’t yet)! It can also be a good idea to check in with each other’s in-laws to avoid any accidental tension between family members you or your future spouse may not be aware of. Don’t forget about dates(plus ones) for your wedding party!

Ashley Guice Photography

Ashley Guice Photography

Kim Skinner Photography

Kim Skinner Photography

Always Timeless Production

Always Timeless Production

Lauren Buman Photography

Lauren Buman Photography

Reagan Blake Arizona Wedding Photography

Reagan Blake Arizona Wedding Photography

TIP #3: CONSIDER YOUR SPACE

Before you start grouping your loved ones, double check on the size of each table you will have access to at the venue. Each different table size comfortably fits a different number of guests. Most venues will have rounds of 60” (seats 10) or 48” (seats 8), however more and more places are having options of rectangle tables for guest to sit at, 6ft - seats 6 guest and 8ft seats 8 guest. Maybe even consider renting farm tables from to give your guest a unique option. (Check out https://theeventcoaz.com/ for farm table rentals)

Brittany Lesueur Photography

Brittany Lesueur Photography

Meagan Gibson Photography

Meagan Gibson Photography

Peaches & Twine Photography

Peaches & Twine Photography


TIP #4: BE PREPARED FOR CHANGE

No matter how perfectly you map out your seating chart, there are some things you can’t control. Most likely? A last-minute cancellation or plus-one addition. Write your seating chart in pencil, discuss any changes you foresee with your venue coordinator, then hand the chart off so you can focus on getting married! Changes happen and, for the most part, guests are willing to go with the flow — especially when they’re the ones responsible for game time shake-ups.

Enjoy,

XOXO

Meagan Gibson Photography

Meagan Gibson Photography

Benjamin Clifford Photography

Benjamin Clifford Photography

Peaches & Twine Photography

Peaches & Twine Photography

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Step on Me Photo

Devon Stoebe Photography

Devon Stoebe Photography

Getting Ready the Morning of Your Wedding

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There is no other feeling in the world quite like waking up on your wedding day. It’s a moment you have imagined your entire life. You’ve got a lot of emotions, butterflies, nerves, excitement and giddiness all wrapped into starting the perfect day. Have no fear, the best way to start your day is with your gals together! The mimosas are flowing, the music is pumping, the sun is shining, and when you look around, all you see is your very best friends from every stage of life coming together in one serendipitous moment.

Today on the blog we are sharing insights on how to make your “getting ready moment” perfect with 5 Tricks of the Trade, accompanied by gorgeous photos from Jonathan Allison Photography.


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Prepare an Epic Getting Ready Playlist

This one you can do ahead of time which it is a really happy distraction a week prior to the wedding day. When creating this epic playlist try imaging you and your ladies dancing together while getting pampered! Feeling musically challenged at the moment? Nothing to fear, we have listed our favorites jams below, which are guaranteed to get the party started on your big day.

Let’s Get Married - Jagged Edge

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye

Wannabe- Spice Girls

Crazy in Love - Beyonce

Marry You - Bruno Mars

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

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Pop that Champagne, Girl!

Yeah, you heard me?! POP THOSE BUBBLES, BABY! It’s your wedding day! This one really needs no explanation.

You will have friends, family, and your bridal party asking you in the weeks leading up to your wedding what they can do to help. Spread some duties and ask one of the bridesmaids bring a bottle of bubbly and juice for mimosas on the morning of the wedding. CHEERS

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

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Remember to Have a Timeline

Having a day of wedding timeline is one of the most important things you can do (if  you haven’t caught on, this day whizzes by). One minute you’re casually reflecting on the day ahead, and the next you’re walking out the door to get married. Having a timeline, specifically for your photographer, is so, so important, make sure you give your hair, makeup, and photography team enough time to work the magic. If you want something very specific, make sure you mention it to your photographer. They’re not mind readers, and it’s so much better to convey what you hope to have sealed forever in film rather than crossing your fingers and hoping they’ll catch it.

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

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Pick the Right Place

Space is everything. You want to give the opportunity for your photographers to capture you in all stages of the “getting ready” process from the hotel to the venue keep in mind the room you want photos in.

If possible, avoid rooms that have darker colored walls and instead, look for rooms that are white or neutral in color, and that don’t have distracting wallpaper. You want to make sure there is no clutter in the room or anything that would be distracting in the background. LIGHT! It’s a big deal you choose a room with a window that allows natural light in. Amazing photos like these below happen because of amazing light!

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

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Enjoy the Moment

If you remember one thing from this list, remember this one. Don’t stress!

It’s your wedding day. That timeline we chatted about above? If you can, have a family member, bridesmaid, day of coordinator, or someone else you trust make sure you’re trying to stick to it. This is your time to relax, and enjoy.

XOXO

Jonathan Allison Photography

Jonathan Allison Photography

How to get the best photos on wedding day!

Today on the blog we are pleased to have a guest writer: Alicia Larkey, owner and lead photographer of Make It Happen Photography.

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Make It Happen Photography

Make It Happen Photography is owned by Matt and Alicia Larkey, two madly in love wedding photographers who are passionate about serving brides & grooms on their best day ever. Their main goal is to set you at ease on your wedding day while making sure they capture images that transport you back to the moments of your wedding day. They were married in a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding and recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Alicia runs their wedding photography business while Matt is a high school baseball coach, and owns his own business as well. They live in Scottsdale, AZ with their 3 kids. Their favorite way to spend a day together is photographing all the beautiful moments of a wedding day for their brides and grooms.   


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One of the most important decisions you can make about your wedding day is choosing your wedding photographer. And the best photographers are going to insist you have a second shooter present, whether it’s included in their package or purchased as an option. Why is a second photographer so important? Well, think of all the moments throughout the wedding day that cannot be recreated. The more cameras and experienced photographers you have there with you, the less chance you’ll miss any of these unforgettable moments. Below are just a couple examples:

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You know those dreamy shots that you see in wedding photos… the ones where the groom was wiping away a tear as his bride came up the aisle?  There was likely a second shooter involved. While the lead photographer captures the bride entering the ceremony, your second photographer stays focused on the groom for that one perfect instant where the tear starts to form in the corner of his eye and his hand comes up to wipe it away. And just at that moment, your lead photographer is catching the bride going into the most beautiful smile of her life as she sees her groom react to her in her wedding gown. These moments are quick, important and will be some of your favorites as you begin your new life together.

One of our other favorite moments while shooting together as a lead and second photographer is during the First Look session. It’s so important that one of us is trained on the bride’s reaction as she sees the love of her life turn around, looking so handsome and ready to marry her. And the second photographer is trained on the groom at that exact moment, where he is seeing her in her wedding gown for the first time. The magic of this moment is caught from different angles with different lenses so you can relive all these emotions every time you go through your wedding gallery in the years to come.

Having two photographers also means we can each focus on one of you as the day begins. Once each of you is ready in your wedding dress, or tux, the lead photographer will take the bride to get the Bridal Party portraits done while the second photographer will get the groom’s portraits done in another location at the venue. This allows the wedding day to run more smoothly and not have your photographer rushing through portraits. So, when you choose your wedding photographer, make sure to choose one who has a second photographer included in their package, or at least the option to pay for one. You will be so happy you did when you see a beautiful gallery full of emotion, storytelling and memories.    

Thanks,

Alicia Larkey, Owner, Lead Photographer

www.MakeItHappenPhotography.com

Instagram: @MakeItHappenPhotography

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