A seating chart is not just a diagram of tables and names, it is the guarantee of an excellent mood and convenience for every guest. Follow the below-listed recommendations to develop successful wedding seating.
1. Plan seating in advance. Preparing a seating chart is a serious matter, and by solving it, you can avoid many
problems during the wedding evening. After the list of guests has been drawn up and a venue has been chosen, it is worthwhile to estimate how many people will sit at one table, how many tables there will be, how you can group guests so that they are interested in each other.
2. Analyze the guest list. To draw up a seating plan, the guest list must be analyzed. Create a table in which the first column is the name of a guest; the second column is kinship/relationship; in the third one, indicate the age category. After that, start distributing guests to the tables. In this case, you should pay attention to age, with/without a couple, relationships, hobbies, and characters.
3. Determine the type of seating. Depending on the list of guests and venue features, you should also decide on the type of seating:
- European seating (round tables for 8-10 people);
- Rectangular separate tables (for 6-10 people);
- Long shared table (1 or 2 shared tables without a separate table for the bride and groom);
- U-shape seating.
4. Seating the most important guests. Parents are the most important guests at your wedding. It is necessary to decide where they will sit. First, they should sit at one table. It is up to you to give them a separate table or not, but you should put them next to you in order to show your respect and gratitude.
5. Do not overload tables. Each table with any seating plan is designed for a certain number of people for a reason. A person should have at least 60 cm for comfortable seating at a table. Otherwise, guests will sit at the table elbow to elbow, and chairs will stand back to back, which will be inconvenient for both invitees and waiters.
6. Making a seating layout. To clearly see what happened after analyzing the guest list, it is best to make a layout.
7. Prepare a seating plan and seating cards. A seating plan is an integral part of a calm and sophisticated wedding dinner: guests do not crowd at the entrance, do not lament that they do not have enough space next to friends. Everyone takes their place, admires the serving, and rejoices in a compliment left at the table.
Be sure to draw your toast master’s attention to where the seating plan is. He/she should remind guests and introduce the plan early during the welcome buffet so they don’t crowd in front of the seating chart just before dinner starts.