Written by: Esri Cronje | Bruidsgids
Photo by: Tali Photography
Deciding on a seating plan can be a difficult task – especially when it comes to family and close friends sitting with the newlyweds. It is always a great idea to construct a seating plan, as guests like to know there was thought put into where they are seated. This also leads to the guests being comfortable when they are seated with a bunch of friends or acquaintances they know and whose conversations they enjoy.
The big question of where the bride and groom should sit will depend on the kind of wedding you are having. A new trend for this seating query is for the bride and groom to have a sweetheart table which places the bride and groom at a separate table to enjoy each other’s company during the wedding reception. When there is decided on this seating arrangement the newlyweds must ensure they walk around and therefore spend the necessary time with all the guests.
Other options for the newlyweds is to sit with their bridal party, including all their closest friends who supported them throughout the process of the wedding planning and reception, yet this option is suggested with a more informal wedding setting. When you are having a more formal wedding it is advised that the parents of the bride and groom join them at the bridal table, along with the grandparents of both newlyweds. The maid of honor and best man with their significant others can also be included in this seating option.
When looking at the seating plan for your single friends go with your gut feeling. Avoid the phrase ‘singles table’ as this will make everyone sitting there uncomfortable. Rather place the singles with their family or friends to ensure all the guests enjoy the reception to its fullest. If you decide to have children at your wedding seat them at a table with their parents or create a table for all the children near their parents. At this table, you can have fun activities for them to do during the reception.
Regarding the other guests use age and relationship as a guideline when creating your seating plan. Take into account how well the guests know each other. Seat guests who don’t know a lot of other guests, with those who has similar interests.
Displaying a seating chart in a fun, interactive and innovating manner is also a good idea and will add extra detail to your wedding the guest will remember. Here are a few ideas on presenting your seating plan;
- A mirror display with table seating displayed on it.
- An innovative idea to create an interactive seating plan where guest takes their seating placement with them in order to reveal a beautiful poem.
- A modern take on a seating plan.
- Something more playful.
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Keep these guidelines in mind when creating your wedding seating plan to ensure all your guests are comfortable and they enjoy each moment of your special day with you.