7 Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Seating Plans

When it comes to planning a wedding, some jobs are more difficult and time consuming than others. And organising your seating plan is definitely one of those things.

It seems complicated, but it just needs a bit of careful thought and a lot of patience.

So I’ve put together a list of 7 of the most frequently asked questions about seating plans, and I really hope you find this helpful.

1. Why Do I Need A Seating Plan?

If you are having a very small wedding, or you’re having a buffet meal it’s not quite so important to have a seating plan. But for anything more than this, believe me (and I speak from personal experience) having a seating plan is an absolute must.

For a start, people seem to be happier if they have an organised seat. People won’t be rushing from table to table looking for the best seats. It also means there will be less fuss, people will sit down more quickly, and you won’t get one person who decides to take charge and shuffle everyone around and reorganise everybody.

2. When Should I Make The Plan?

Making the seating plan is not an easy job, and it’s definitely not a 5 minute job. So you do need to give yourself plenty of time. But having said that, it’s always difficult when people are slow to send back their RSVPs.

But as soon as you have a reasonably good idea of who will be attending your wedding, then you should begin to make your plan.

3. Who Should I Sit Where?

Well of course there are certain people that you will want to sit at your top table.

But when it comes to the rest of your guests, you will need to sit your family members and your closest friends on the tables nearest to your top table. Work colleagues and other guests can then be seated on the remaining tables.

And not forgetting your elderly guests –  they need to be sat where they can see and hear everything that is going on.

4. How Should I Plan The Top Table?

Well, there are no real hard and fast rules – etiquette is much more relaxed these days, but you and your new husband should sit in the centre. It’s usual then to have both sets of parents, your chief bridesmaid, and your husband’s best man also sat at your table.

5. Where Should I Sit Singles?

This is always going to be a tricky one. And speaking as someone who has been to a few functions without a partner, I know how it feels to sit at a table where you don’t know anyone. I also know how uncomfortable it feels when well meaning hosts try match making by sitting you with another single.

So make sure any singles are sat amongst people they know, and never all sat together at one table.

6. Where Should I Sit Children?

Of course, really little children need to be sat with their parents. As do children that are a little bit bigger, but might be inclined to get bored.

It’s always nice to give the teenagers and the younger guests their own table.

7. How Will Guests Know Where To Sit?

Once your seating plan is finalised you can give it to your wedding coordinator if you have one, or the person in charge at your venue. They can then put the plan up on some easels at the entrance to the venue.

Guests will know where they are sitting before they go into the venue. They will know exactly
which table to head for and it’s then just a case of finding their place name.

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