It’s Thursday! Yay, time for another Thursday Tips post! This week I thought I would touch on some guidelines for wedding seating. Seating is my absolute favorite detail- there are so many fun, unique ways to do it, plus it keeps things in order and less chaotic. However, seating is also my biggest pet peeve when I see it done wrong- because you see, the point in having assigned tables/seats is to prevent confusion and keep things moving smoothly and efficiently. And I’ve seen seating done not-so-efficiently a lot lately!
So let’s just review why to do assigned seating (you can find more detailed information in this post):
– To prevent mass chaos from happening as guests decide where their sitting
– To keep things running smoothly
– To keep some guests away from other guests for fear of them killing each other (it’s never actually happened, but you know what I mean!)
– To prevent overcrowding at tables
– To make serving meals easier (if doing a plated meal)
Okay, so now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on to some simple, yet important guidelines!
PREP! I know it’s tough to do seating ahead of time, since you need to have all of your RSVPs in to do it completely. But do as much prep as you can! Use an Excel document, a handwritten list, or create a giant chart with each table and guest names (kind of like a game). Do whatever you think will work for you because trust me, it’s a process and it takes a lot of brain power! :) Oh and in case you’re not sure about how many people fit at a table: 8 to 10 for a 60″ round table, 10 to 12 for a 72″ round table, 6 for a 6′ table, and 8 for a 8′ table.
TWO (or more) HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE! I highly recommend having at least one other person help you out when it comes time to place guests at tables. (If you’re like me, you’ll have memory lapses and not even remember who people are.) It would be ideal to have someone from both “sides” of the guest list helping out. Make a night out of it! :)
ALPHABETIZE! Seriously, it’s the biggest DO for assigned seating! Whether you’re doing cards or a chart or items, arrange all guest names alphabetically! I have seen way too many seating displays done by table number (or table name), and that just causes confusion! Joe and Susie are going to spend forever looking for their names under each and every table number. Keep it simple- keep it alphabetical!
DISPLAY! Definitely have your seating be some sort of display- whether it’s a chart, or on a table front and center when guests are going into the reception. You don’t want your guests to miss it!
That pretty much covers it! Like I said- simple, yet so important. Especially the last two, because those are what determine the efficiency of guests finding their seats. If you have any other guidelines that worked well for you, please share with us in the comments!