Planning Seating at Your Wedding
Updated: Jul 20
Planning a seating arrangement for your wedding reception can be a quite an intricate affair. It does not matter whether you are planning a small wedding or a big a celebration, you want to plan seating that will ensure your guests have an enjoyable evening with the other guests at their table. After all, you are planning the biggest celebration of your life.
The traditional layout typically has the bride and groom centered at a long banquet table seated with their maid of honor, best man and the rest of the bridal party. Modern couples wanting to create an informal and relaxed environment, have opted to sit as a couple at a private table and offer their bridal the opportunity to sit and mingle with the wedding guests. At Clay Hill Farm, we can design a seating arrangement to meet a variety of wedding atmospheres from customary to contemporary.
There is no doubt you want everyone to be happy with your selected arrangement. So, ask yourself, have you put your single friends on one table? Or will it will they feel offended or left out? Do you want to mix your friends who don’t know each other? Just remember that everyone is there to help you celebrate your day so don’t stress out. Here we’ll provide some tips on what to consider from top wedding planners that will help you to make your big day flawless.
Think about your family compatibility
There is no family without a little bit of drama. Think about each of the members individually. If you feel that it's better that they sit apart then don’t feel shy to arrange their seating separately. You can pair them with your friends, acquaintances or family with whom they are comfortable.
Consider your young guests
For the receptions where children will be in attendance, you will need to consider how many children will be attending, what will be their ages, and what is their relationship to each other. If your reception will have children that are related to each other, it’s suggested to add a kids table. It will be easier for parents as well as give the kids a little freedom during the reception meal.
Reach out to your parents
Don’t forget your parents as they know family and family friends better than you. They are a great resource to easily recommend which guest will feel comfortable with other guests. They also know more family personalities and can suggest pairing, for example, individuals who are not good at socializing.
Don’t think about relationship status just think about individuals.
Again, the main thing is individual personalities. So, if you are inviting single guests to bring a “plus one”, consider not seating all the couples on one table and singles. Think about your friends as separately and then decide with whom they’ll feel comfortable with. It's perfectly alright to mix singles with couples because, in the end, only happiness matters.
There are many things to consider while planning seating arrangements but do keep in mind it also depends on the dining layout such as single long table, sweetheart table or small round tables. Hopefully these tips have given you some ideas on the best seating arrangement for your wedding reception.