There’s a lot to consider when planning the seating chart for your wedding reception, and it can feel like a daunting task. Everyone has that divorced aunt and uncle who start a screaming match within five minutes of seeing each other, the cousin that hates children, or the friend who plans to bring someone’s ex-boyfriend as their date. It’s no secret that weddings are filled with drama, but there are some steps that you can take to minimize your stress.
Unless your caterer or the venue requires it, consider not telling your guests exactly which chair to be in. Understand that they will likely switch seats anyway, and the effort may not be worth the headache. This is also a good plan if, unbeknownst to you, Uncle Jack threatened to put Grandma in a home the night before the wedding and Grandma is currently refusing to speak with him, because she can choose to sit between Aunt Peggy and cousin Rachel and just glare across the table at him instead.
How many tables will there be? Who will sit at the head table with you? Will you even have a head table? Who doesn’t need to sit at the table with you but needs to sit at a table near yours? Who will feel personally offended if they are made to sit at the furthest table from the wedded couple? There is a lot to consider here, but knowing where the tables will be located during your reception seating will be a big help.
If you’re inviting eight college friends that haven’t seen each other in years, seat them together so they can chat to their hearts’ content during dinner. If you’ve got family flying in from out of town that haven’t seen their siblings or parents in months, let those people sit together! Remember that the day is for you, but all of your guests are living this day too, and you want them to have fun and leave with amazing memories of your wedding.
Recognize that most of your guests are only going to sit at their assigned table until dinner is over, and then they’re going to head straight for the bar or the dance floor and never look back. The ones who don’t drink or dance will either leave after the cake cutting or mingle and talk with other guests. Even if their seat is the worst in the house, they only have to suffer it for one meal, so don’t let it drain your joy.
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