Once your RSVP have been sent back, a seating plan should be set up. Seek the advice of your wedding planner and caterer as they’ll be able to advise what’s worked best in the past.
Instead of getting yourself stressed out by shifting guests around over and over again, just remember that as long as everyone gets a chair and a meal, no real disasters are likely to strike. Everyone would like to sit close to the bride and groom but someone must sit farther away.
It’s impossible to please everyone and you must realize this from the outset. The couple shouldn’t feel guilty and most definitely shouldn’t get caught up in the seating arrangements on the wedding day as the seating plans are only temporary and last until the end of the meal.
Ideally, a wedding seating plan should be finalized within one month of the wedding. Reality, however, is that the wedding seating plan is almost never finalized until the wedding day. Guests fall ill, others show up unexpectedly and Uncle Joe insists on sitting at table eight.
How do you start a your seating plan?
First decide on table shapes and sizes. In general, tables will seat between 6-12 people. The larger the table, the harder it will be for guests to hold conversations. Then decide who will sit at the head table.
British tradition: chief bridesmaid, groom’s father, bride’s mother, groom, bride, bride’s father, groom’s mother, best man
American tradition: bridesmaid, maid of honor, bride, groom, best man, groomsman
Next, decide who will sit next to the head table. This is also the time to consider family relationships and people with physical disabilities. Are any of your guests on non-speaking terms? Does anyone need to be placed far away from the speakers or close to the restrooms?
Try to get a near accurate headcount before starting this process. If your number is uncertain, a good rule of thumb is to fill out six out of eight seats, or eight out of ten, so you can add a guest or two without juggling the entire seating plan.
1. Categorical groups. Seat people based on common interests (family, family friends, colleagues, children)
2. Name tables rather than numbering them. Many couples think their guests feel less important when being placed at table 11 versus table 2. Cut this feeling out by naming your tables based on your wedding theme or places you and your fiance want to go.
3. Place children at the back near the restrooms
4. Out of consideration, place elderly guests away from the speakers or the band
5. Include the officiant and his or her spouse in the seating plan
Whatever your wedding theme is, there are certainly a variety of materials you can you use to create the perfect seating plan –– from ceramic, acrylic, wood, flowers, wax stamp, fruits, ribbon, cardboard, to even alcohol! In this article, we have listed a variety of charming seating plan ideas you might want to incorporate to your big day.
Framed Wedding Seating Plan Ideas With Black And Gold Elements
If you’re going for something bold and striking, a framed seating arrangement with black and gold elements might just be perfect. Black and gold are elegant neutral colors that can easily match any wedding theme.
Wedding Seating Plan With Wooden Planks
Seating arrangements laid out on wood are eye-catching and pleasant to look at. Just be sure to make use of black or any ink in bold color to make the texts easier to read!
Wedding Seating Plan With Ceramic Pots
Make your wedding reception seat plan more unique and remarkable by writing your guests’ names on dainty ceramic pots. Utilize the area by making use of colorful pots in various shapes and sizes. You may also opt to add some greenery to some pots to make them look more attractive!
Wedding Seating Arrangement With Plain And Printed Plates
Mix and match plain and printed plates to achieve that bohemian look you’re aiming for. Write your wedding attendees’ names in script to make each plate look more artistic and sophisticated.
Wedding Seating Plan With Mirrors In Rattan Weaves
Fulfill your bohemian wedding daydreams by using chic mirrors wrapped in rattan weaves. Believe us when we say that your guests will absolutely love looking for their names on these fine-looking mirrors!
Wedding Seating Plan With Tassels On Sturdy Wooden Sticks
A seating arrangement made out of lovely tassels? Why not? Dangle delicate and elegant looking tassels on sturdy wooden sticks and label each with your guest’s name. To avoid confusion, carefully group the tassels by table!
Wedding Seating Plan With Macramé
A boho wedding will not be complete without making use of macramé. Incorporate macramé to your wedding by using it as an overall frame to your seating plan boards. Your guests will surely love it!
Wedding Seating Plan With Finely-Cut Moons From Glass
Incorporating astrology to your wedding sounds fun and thrilling. Do this by using seating plans made out of finely-cut moons built from glass. Spice up the overall look of the area by adding pampas grass and charming tassels around!
Wedding Seating Plan With Neutral-Colored Cardboards
Weaves and foliage can also be used as your main materials when assembling your wedding seat plan. Just tie neutral-colored cardboards to the stems of your chosen leaves and you’re good to go!
Wedding Seating Plan With Fruits
If you’re a fruit lover, then you might just fall for the idea of using fruits as part of your wedding seating plan arrangement. It’s pretty easy, print out your guests’ names on cardboards and attach it to a toothpick. After which, you can just simply prick a hole on each fruit and voila!
Wedding Seating Plan With Coconuts
Including coconuts on your seat plan sounds fantastic (especially if you and your lover are in love with the tropics!)
Wedding Seating Plan With Taking A Shot
Before making your attendees sit down, why not spice things up by making them take a shot? Just remember to attach each guest’s name and table number on the shot!
Wedding Seating Plan With Glass Of Champagne
A glass of champagne before the exciting wedding festivities start won’t hurt. What better way to serve your guests champagne by putting each glass with their names and table numbers in a spacious wall jazzed up with a posh neon sign.
Wedding Seating Plan With White Board
Minimalists will certainly love neat seating plans like this one. Just print out the important details on a white board and hang it where it can be easily seen and you’re all good.
Wedding Seating Plan With Acrylic Cubes
Acrylic is definitely a seat plan staple. If you’re leaning towards something simple and easy to make, take advantage of acrylic cubes where you can jot down the essentials with a handy white marker. Stack them together on a clean table and a bit of adornments and you’re all set!
Wedding Seating Plan With Wax Seals
Wax is unquestionably an in thing right now. Enliven your seating plan by stamping wax seals embossed with you and your significant other’s initials on plain white cards.
Wedding Seating Plan With Ribbons
Dangling ribbon ties paired with a couple of greens are winsome and fascinating. Our tip is to not overdo it –– just pick two complementing colors to use that will go well with your wedding theme.
Wedding Seating Plan From Wax Seal
If you’re all about pure elegance, you might want to go for a seat plan like this. The intricate details of the stucco rose made from wax seal is just astonishing –– your guests will surely love browsing through an artistic and sophisticated board like this!
Wedding Seating Plan With Escort Card Illustrated With Lines
Liven up your wedding reception entrance by making use of an escort card illustrated with lines. Pair it up with geometric shapes filled with the names of your attendees and a dainty flower arrangement to make it look more eye-catching.
Wedding Seating Plan With Acrylic Boards
Make things easier for your guests with this hanging escort cards made out of acrylic and copper. If you wish to make your escort cards more striking, you may even opt to print out an abstract design on the acrylic boards. Just see to it that the design will not cover the texts.
Wedding Seating Plan With Plywood
Go for something eccentric like this one if you want your seating plan to be well-remembered. All you need is a plywood (long enough to put all your guests’ names), colored strings, and nails. Your attendees can locate their table by simply following the line from their name to their table number.
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