Planning Tip Tuesday: Everything You Need To Know About Seating Chart

If you have been a bride or are currently a bride-to-be, you know that seating assignments can be a lot of work. While the wedding reception is a joyous time of celebrating with loved ones, the seating chart can be one of the most stressful parts of the wedding. Unfortunately, this isn't something you are able to delegate to someone else since only the two of you know your guest list best. We have come up with a few ways to help you match your guests with others and create the most enjoyable table assignments for everyone involved – little to no awkward silences guaranteed.


Keep it simple. Hopefully, most of your guests will be breaking the ice at the rehearsal dinner prior to the reception. But, if that’s not the case, keep the table assignments simple. Try to seat friends and family with familiar faces and with people you know they enjoy. You and your groom have enough things to consider; keep the table setting as easy a task as possible. Don't overthink it! 

Consider the personalities. You and your groom know your guests. You know those talkative family members that could make friends with a tree stump and you also know those friends who need an extra boost in holding a conversation. Match your guests in a way that can enhance conversation flow and make the atmosphere more enjoyable.

Don't talk politics. The dreadful, argument igniter: politics. If you know Uncle Bob fiercely holds to his Second Amendment and your hipster cousin Becky just got back from a passionate women’s march in D.C., try not to sit them together. While it should be very unlikely that they would dare talk politics at your wedding, just omit the problem and sit them apart if possible. 

Singles vs. Couples Try to mix it up, you don't want to embarrass your single friends by putting them all at the same table. On the other hand, don't put a single friend at a table full of gushing newlyweds, try to do a nice mix! 

Put Family First After you seat yourselves, then seat the wedding party. Next, place your parents and family closest to you. Ask your parents for help if you don't know who to seat their friends with. Consider common ground of your guests and life experiences where they can share common interests. 

A good method of matching guests at tables can greatly enhance the ambiance of a wedding reception. Keep the champagne pouring, the music bumping, and your guests will ease into their comfort zones in no time. 

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