Wedding seating arrangements can become a daunting task if you enter this part of the planning process blindly. The key to easily tackling your wedding seating arrangements is to think a few key points through before you begin.
The key to successful wedding planning stems from your guest list. Keeping your guest list organized within your AllSeated account will help the wedding seating arrangements process go that much smoother!
As you begin to receive your RSVP’s, keep track of them within your AllSeated guest list. It may even help to start grouping your guests together as this comes in especially handy when it’s time for the wedding seating arrangements.
Some grouping examples may include college family, friends, colleagues and even a category for special needs. Don’t underestimate the usefulness of having a ‘special needs’ group. This group of guests may include guests who have difficulty walking far into a room, may need close access to a restroom, or may be hard of hearing which may affect how close/far they are away from the DJ or band.
Think about how you wish to seat your guests. Do you want to assign your guests to tables and allow them to choose their seats at the table or do you wish to assign your guests to specific seats at specific tables. AllSeated provides you the ability to seat your guests in either fashion. Keep in mind that assigning your guests to tables requires escort cards or a seating chart board display to let your guests know where they should be seated. Assigning your guests to specific seats at a table will require place cards in addition to the escort cards.
More than likely, you will want your family members, bridal party, and/or closest friends to have the best seating in your floorplan layout. As you go about your wedding seating arrangements, keep this fact in mind. Seat your family members, bridal party and close at the first tables surrounding the dance floor, rather than rows behind other tables, near the kitchen, main exit or by the band.
Keep in mind the people who are most likely to sit and/or dance during the party. Your older guests may be more interested in sitting while making conversation at the tables than dancing which means you will want to seat them away from the dance floor or music as both can make conversation difficult.
It’s important to consider the dynamics of your guests when arranging your tables. While it’s great to seat friends together and family together who you know get along well, why not consider how mixing your sides of family could work out nicely! Perhaps you know of guests who may not know each other but have common interests. Mixing your tables between your sides of the family can be a great way for the two sides to get to know each other and bond!
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