Once you know which guests can make it to your big day, it’s time to work out where they will all sit. This can be one of the biggest headaches of wedding planning, but it doesn’t have to be. Our dos and don’ts guide to creating a wedding seating plan will ensure everybody’s day is enjoyable, comfortable and memorable!
Creating A Wedding Seating Plan
DO choose themed table names. There was once a time when tables would just be assigned a number to make it easy for guests and waiting staff to find the right table. Today, more and more couples are giving their tables magical, exciting and quirky themed names to mix things up a bit. New York City, Disney movies, safari animals and precious gems are just some examples of names you could choose.
DO work out how many tables you will need before sitting down to create your plan. Our seating planner is there to help you, and our team is always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
DON’T split up families or couples if you can help it. Your guests will want to sit with their partner and their children if possible.
DO consider having a children’s table if you have lots of younger guests joining you on the day. It’s a good idea to position this table near the exit so that little ones can be quickly taken out if they make noise or need anything during the speeches.
DO consider hiring a children’s entertainer during the speeches if your budget can stretch to it. This is becoming more and more popular and there are many entertainers who cater for wedding receptions.
DON’T put your single friends on the kid’s table - not even as a joke!
DO think carefully about how you mix and match guests. Your wedding day is possibly not the best day to seat people next to each other who may have irreconcilable differences!
DO use wedding table planner software if you can. This is a great way to shift people around and you can also print out your table plan or give the file to a professional printing company.
DO put at least two or three people who know each other onto a table as they will hopefully help to break the ice and get the other guests talking.
DON’T forget your top table. It is traditional to seat the bride and groom and their parents at this table, but you may also want to seat the best man and bridesmaids at your special table too.
Make It A Day To Remember For The Right Reasons!
These are just some ideas to consider for your table plan and which will hopefully turn a dreaded chore into an enjoyable task. Don’t forget, we have everything you need to ensure your guests are seated comfortably from the moment they first sit down for their wedding breakfast right through to your evening reception. Speak to our friendly team today if you need help with your table plan or any aspect of wedding event furniture.