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Planning Your Seating Arrangement: Wedding Seating Chart Etiquette

Jul 4, 2018

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Normally, wedding seating charts have to be made at the very end of the preparation process that is after your RSVPs and the ton of other things on your checklist. Another thing about them is that they’re not something you can entrust to someone else. It’s important to note here that you surely don’t have to have a seating chart thus avoiding the wedding seating etiquette your chart should have. Even though there are no guarantees to have the seating chart free from flaws, having knowledge about wedding seating chart etiquette tips might just make the process easy. 

Assigning Tables
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Mostly in weddings, it somehow turns out just fine assigning your guests to tables, but not to specific seats at those tables, except if a multi-course, plated meal with multiple selections for each course is going to be served. Assigning the guests into tables will only need escort cards. To make things even easier you could just opt for a wedding seating chart that is really just a big poster with a list of people’s names and table numbers on it.

Keep Your Friends Close and Best Friends Closer

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A head table full of your wedding party, it will be a great wedding seating chart etiquette to surrounding yourself with your best friends, is a great way to acknowledge their special role. If you're considering for a sweetheart table, consider having your wedding party host tables, instead. The first table will be is the sweetheart table, the second-best tables are for your parents and the third is your wedding party.

Where You Want to Seat Your Parents
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In a traditional wedding seating chart etiquette, both the bride and groom's parents will be assigned to a common table at the reception, along with grandparents and siblings that aren't in the wedding party. It will be another great chance for the parents to get to know each other and relax in the glow of their children's brand new union. This, of course, can get difficult when you're dealing with divorced parents. Be sensitive if things are tense between them. You could just have two tables that are both close to you, and then put one parent in each one of them. Thus, no one feels uncomfortable or left out. Seating them at the same rectangular table (that is not too long) but at opposite ends, is another great option.

Get Parents' Help in Seating Their Friends
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Another wedding seating chart etiquette you should note is that if you have no idea where to seat your parents' friends, you should let your mother and mother-in-law arranges those tables. Surely, they'll be happy to be associated with the planning.

Categorize Guests
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When you have finalized the list of who's coming, you can now start establishing people into groups. Wedding seating chart etiquette begins by grouping guests according to how you know them, such as family members, work friends, and high school and college friends. In extension to grouping by how you know the guests, you can also consider their age, interests, and backgrounds. Try to make everyone at the table feel comfortable by mixing of familiar and new faces.

The Kids' Table
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If you have a lot of children at your wedding it would be a preferable wedding seating chart etiquette to designate a separate kid's table. Think of the activities and/or crafts at their table to keep them occupied. And try to put the kid's table near where their parents are sitting. If your flower girls and ring bearer are the only children present just seat them together with their parents.

Singles Table?
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Resist the urge to create a separate "singles" table. If you've been trying to fix your co-worker up with one of your relatives by discreetly seating them next to each other, this wedding seat chart etiquette will prevent embarrassing them. You should also keep in mind to not seat an unmarried friend at a table full of married couples. Your best judgment and be sensitive to your guests' sentiments.

The Table Cards
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The purpose of table cards in wedding seating chart etiquette is to find a reasonable spot between creativity and efficiency of use. Using envelope cards are the most popular, and can be provided in many ways depending on the kind and type of table you're using. Table assignment signs and charts can also work well. Arranging guests’ names in alphabetical order is the best means for them to find their seat faster, instead of having them to read every table list and figure out where to go. If you're opting for long tables for everyone, a picture with numbered seats, supplemented by an alphabetical list of guests’ names and their seat number, will get them in their seating place easily.

How are you planning to arrange your guests on the  big day? Share us your ideas and suggestions by commenting down below and sharing this article to your bridetribe and groomsquad! 

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