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.
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!
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)
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.