Seating Charts Made Easy
There are many decisions to make when planning your wedding: date, location, wedding dress, invitation list, and so much more. But one of the most harrowing arrangements has to be the seating chart. Who is sitting at the head table? Where are you seating your boss? Will Aunt May and Uncle Bob’s divorce be finalized? All these questions and so many more make this arrangement seem more complicated than it needs to be. Don’t throw in the towel! Sit down with your fiancé one evening and it will all work itself out.
Who’s at Your Head Table?
The head table traditionally includes the Bridal Party; the bride and groom, best man and maid of honor, groomsmen and bridesmaids. This tradition has sometimes been waived so that bridesmaids and groomsmen can sit with their spouse or significant other amongst the guests, leaving the newly married couple to their own private table. Whether the lead table includes your entire wedding party or not is a personal choice and depends mostly on your specific bridal party.
Special Places for ‘Special’ Guests
Your next big decision will be where to put those truly ‘special’ guests. You know the ones – Uncle Bob and Aunt May who can’t stand each other, your boss who is very straight laced or your friend from college who knows way too many stories. After you have decided on the head table and, of course, put your parents at their own tables, mark down where to put these guests before filling in the rest of the guests. Remember to try to group guests by common interests if possible. For advice on how to come up with your seating chart, you can go to www.perfecttableplan.com.
Creative Seating Solutions
Once you have arranged your seating chart and you are both happy, it is now time to organize the place cards. You can number the tables, a traditional method used by most couples. When numbering your tables, remember that family members have lower numbers and friends have higher numbers. This may seem silly but you may unintentionally offend someone. Your friend from college won’t mind that she is at table #12, but your mother will – no matter where it is located! If you don’t want to play the number game and you have a specific wedding theme, you can assign tables specific names. One example includes a couple who were both musicians. They named each table after a specific instrument, such as clarinets, horns, bass, and piano. Place cards were actually put on the specific instrument, allowing each guest to take home a small replica. If you have a garden or summer wedding, you can assign a flower to each table – rose, gardenia, lilies, and tulips. Beach themes could have tables like starfish, shell, and sandcastle. For more ideas on place card holders, visit www.favorfavor.com.
With a little planning beforehand, you can prevent unpleasant confrontations and avoid any unwanted tension. Always remember that you are in control of your event. Advice from family members is great, but you and your fiancé have the final say. Although it is hard work, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated by all of your guests. Whatever you decide, enjoy your day and just have fun!