WEDDING PLANNERS TOP TIP: Table Plans
Tips for Successful Seating Plans
A wedding seating plan will almost certainly help things run more smoothly. Guests are saved from the mad panic of trying to find a seat on a table with their friends/family, and you can place people where they'll be happiest!
The wedding meal may last for 1 to 2 hours and is a significant part of the day. If your guests are sitting with people they get along with, it will make a big difference to their enjoyment of the day.
Mix it up: If you seat your guests in family groups, people lose the chance to mingle. On the other hand, seating people on tables where they know no one might not be a good idea either. Try to strike a balance, and bear in mind people's interests and ages.
Think about singles: Those guests coming with a partner are always seated together. But with tables often having an even number of places, this can be awkward with singles. Matchmaking might be a fun idea - but don't force people, or make it too obvious! Never have a table dedicated to singles.
Male/female seating: If you're using round tables, then the usual seating assignment is to have males and females sitting alternately round the table. For long tables, have couples seated opposite each other. Along the length of the table you should still try to alternate males and females.
The closest tables: No matter what type of seating plan arrangement you choose, always try to make sure that those tables closest to the Bride and Groom are reserved for your closest friends and family.
Table names: To simplify people finding their table, why not give each table a number - or better still, a name. Perhaps a theme could be used that's suited to you as a couple? There's no rule that says tables can't be named rather than numbered. If your seating plan has named tables, this immediately removes the problem of having a perceived hierarchy.
If you remember only one thing...Do what you think would make you and your guests most comfortable.