You have prepared your guest list and you have received that all-important final RSVP, you are now hurtling towards the big day at speed. Creating the perfect seating plan is often one of the most stressful aspects of the wedding planning process but this blog aims to make it simple with five top tips. Read on to discover everything you need to know about table plan etiquette and how to get it right.
Seating Plan Etiquette
First, let us cover the basics. There are general rules to follow when putting together a seating plan and traditionally the bride and groom sit at the top table along with close family members, the best man and the maid of honour. Next to come is the difficult matter of splitting the guests up in tables of 8 or 10. Do not be afraid to mix and match guests as this is the perfect way to break the ice and creates a more social environment once the wedding breakfast turns into the evening celebrations. That being said, it is wise to keep couples together as most people enjoy sitting next to their other half. Do not forget to ask for help, this is a great activity to involve the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.
Wow-Worthy Seating Ideas
The best part about table planning is of course those personal finishing touches. So how can you put a personal spin on your guests’ tables? Table names of course! What do the people on the table have in common? Perhaps you could name it after the school you all went to, or the country that you met in? If you were engaged abroad, you could name each table after a city in that country. Do not forget to get creative with your place names. A photo of each guest is a nice touch or why not get the party started early with a miniature bottle of their favourite tipple?
Consider a Child Only Table
A novel idea is to create a table especially for the younger guests. Pinterest is brimming with cute ways to decorate your child friendly table including many little ways to keep the little ones entertained. From wedding themed colouring books to bundles of crayons tied together with ribbon, there are plenty of ways to create a stunning table without straying too far from your décor theme. What about a tablecloth made out of paper that the children can draw on? The options are endless.
Traditional and Alternative Top Table Ideas
It is time to decide how you will arrange the seating for the top table. Traditionally the order starts from left to right with your chief bridesmaid, your groom’s father, the bride’s mother, the groom, the bride, the groom’s mother and the best man. However, if your parents are divorced and have new partners you may wish to mix it up a bit and choose an alternative seating arrangement. Keep the traditional seating arrangements for the bride and groom but switch the other seats around to suit your set up. However, if you want to do things differently you could forgo the top table altogether and opt for a sweetheart table for just the two of you.
The Seating Plan
How will your guests know which seat they have been allocated? This is another chance to show off your creative skills. If calligraphy is one of your talents, why not display your skills and handwrite each guest’s name on a chalkboard? You can recycle something old such as a bicycle wheel and decorate it with florals to create a show stopping table plan.
Follow these top tips to take the stress out of table planning.