So you've picked your venue.. sent your invites and now your RSVP cards are back. The next step is the dreaded seating plan! But don't stress, here are some top tips to making this a smooth process for you.
Tip number one…. don't forget to include yourself and your partner in your overall numbers! Traditionally the top table includes the married couple, both sets of parents and then the best man and maid of honour….BUT we see more and more couples straying from tradition and having top tables of two, four or even twelve!
Tip number two…. pick a table layout to suit your style and venue. Are you having traditional round tables or banquet styled trestle tables? If you're having a very relaxed and informal day, why not consider a banquet style setup with long tables, think Harry Potter! This a great way to get people mingling with the tables next to them, it means that sharing food and drink is a lot easier and it also leads to an array of new decor ideas! Long combined centrepieces are absolutely magical!
Tip number three…keep people happy! Possibly one of the most dreaded elements of wedding planning is grouping tables together and keeping certain people apart! It wouldn't be a wedding without having to keep two people at opposite sides of the room after all! There's two ways of grouping guests, keeping friends and families together OR mixing everyone up! You can always move away from tradition and assign guests to tables rather than allocated seats, giving them the choice of who they sit next to throughout the reception. This allows for guests to switch seats and mingle with different people and also stops the dreaded place card switch! Although, don't do this if you have a choice menu as the venue will need to know exactly who is sitting where when it comes to service!
And finally… have an easy to understand table plan! There are some lovely ways to make your table plan unique but if you're doing this then make sure people will be able to understand where they are sitting! If you name your tables, make sure the plan is laid out correctly or ensure that the table names are clearly displayed on each table. Good luck and get planning!