The seating chart is one of those administrative tasks you’ll have to complete for your wedding, and yet another one that will probably take a little more time and thought than you might expect.
To make the job as quick and easy as possible, pour yourself and your partner a wine and remember these simple tips to arrange your wedding seating plan.
Assign tables, not seats
For an ultra-simple and easy seating plan, assign guests a table, but not a specific seat. Giving everyone a table to go to will help remove the difficulty of finding a spot for them, without giving you the headache of deciding who should sit next to whom.
Group by how you know them
Between you and your partner, you will likely have groups of guests from work, family, old and high school friends. One way to arrange your seating is to keep these groups together so that everyone knows each other at the tables.
Mix it up
That said, it’s good to mix your guests during the seated portion of the evening to help people get to know one another. For example, you might seat your friends with workmates, as they will have likely heard about one another before.
Don’t be tempted to play cupid
Singles at weddings already know they are the single ones – trying to invite match-ups can often just make this situation awkward for them. Unless it makes sense to seat two people together, avoid the ‘singles’ table or other match-making arrangements.
Sweetheart table or head table
You will have to decide as a couple if you want a sweetheart table (for just the two of you) or a head table (for the wedding party). A sweetheart table will give you your first meal together as an intimate couple, while a head table will help you celebrate with your closest friends by your sides.