Choosing to use a seating chart for your wedding reception can be a wonderful tool to creating an enjoyable environment.
Not only does it allow you to group like-minded people together and separate those who may have a difficult past, a seating chart ensures your guests that each and every one of them is taken care of by you on your big day.
If you do choose to make a seating chart a part of your wedding planning, we’ve come up with a few tips to hopefully make the process a little easier for you.
Tips for Creating a Seating Chart
1. Pay attention to the technical
The main focus of your seating chart, is obviously to make sure everyone has a seat at the right table and in the right place. But if you don’t have the scale of your venue, you may miscount your table space all together. Typically, guests are seated at round tables (though you may do whatever you like), but it is important to check with your venue about what types of tables are available and how many each can seat comfortably before you get too busy making table arrangements.
2. Track down last minute RSVPs
Before you can really get down to making a seating chart, you’ll definitely need to know who’s coming to your wedding. Getting everyone to RSVP to your wedding can be a difficult task, but it is important to have a number for pretty much every detail of your wedding. I definitely recommend getting some helpers in making those last minute phone calls and e-mails to get a firm commitment.
3. Start with family
Depending on how big your family is, you may not know everyone super well, but chances are, you have a good idea of the mechanics. You would likely put your immediate family at a table or two, then you may choose to organize other family members by smaller family units. You will probably want to separate those aunts that don’t get along and you might want to put those cousins who are best friends near each other.
4. Group like-minded people
For some groups of friends, the choice of where to seat them may be simple. Put your college sorority in one group and your high school soccer team in another. Others may not be so easy to categorize, but use this opportunity to mix and match people who would compliment each other or at least be likely to have a decent conversation.
5. Make your head table visible
Choosing who to sit closest to your head table (usually family, then closest friends) is your decision, of course. However, it’s really important you make your head table visible to all your guests (or at least as many as possible). After all, your guests are there to see you!