Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in the major aspects of planning a wedding, such as choosing the entourage, the wedding venue, and the guests, there’s one other aspect to a perfectly-organised wedding which shouldn’t be ignored: the seating plan. If you want your wedding to be a structured and organised affair, you should definitely put some thought into your seating plan. Don’t be cavalier about it – it’s something that makes a big difference, especially if you want your guests to enjoy themselves! Here, then, is your absolute guide to the perfect wedding seating plan.
Your main table
Here’s the thing: choosing the guests who will sit at your main table can be a tricky endeavour. You may want to include plenty of people, but do you have enough room? If you have a big family, for instance, this can already be a difficult matter. If you have a set of four parents, it may be challenging to decide where to place them. With these sorts of complications, it might be a better idea to forego a ‘main’ table and just have a simple table, just like all the other tables, but only with the addition of the couple. By doing this, none of your guests will feel neglected. One tip, however: when arranging this ‘non-main’ table, make sure it is centrally-located in the room, as this is where speeches will still be made.
The sizes and décor
You also have to decide whether you want a more intimate affair with smaller tables, or a grander affair with bigger tables. This is more of a personal preference, however. But when you choose the table size, you also have to think about the décor. Make sure the size of the décor is appropriate for the tables you choose, as you wouldn’t want your guests trying to converse with an array of gigantic fronds, leaves, sprigs, and flowers between them.
To mingle or not to mingle?
This is one of the most important questions when it comes to making a seating plan, according to popular wedding venues Doncaster such as The Regent. Do you want to keep the same groups together, or do you want to divide them up? The answer here is to keep a nice compromise: keep two groups together at one table, for instance, so they can engage in some small talk with unfamiliar guests whilst still being able to chat with familiar faces.
A good balance
If you really don’t want to be bothered telling everyone specifically where to sit, you can strike a good balance: point guests to the table where they will sit, but let them decide where they will sit at that table. That way, your guests can be more comfortable whilst you still maintain a semblance of order.