Making the seating chart for the reception can be one of the biggest stresses of wedding planning! Who do you put next to Uncle Ron? Can Karen and Tom even be in the same room together, let alone the same table? Where do you even begin?
Here are some tips on how to create the perfect seating chart for your big day.
1. Make it ASAP
Because seating everyone on your guest list can be such a pain, try to create a basic seating chart as soon as you possibly can. Of course, even after your RSVP date you may get some stragglers, but once the date has past, start positioning your reception. You don’t want to be putting the whole thing together the night before your wedding day, but if you have to make a few tweaks here and there right before, that’s ok.
2. Start by Categorizing by Relationship
First make different columns for each relationship, for both the bride and groom; friends, close friends, family, immediate family, coworkers.
3. Draw a Blueprint
There are some helpful websites and apps to create seating charts/blueprints, but for some it’s easier to just draw it out. Make a basic map of each table (circle or square) and where each table will be in the reception space.
4. Place the Head Table First
If you’re having a traditional head table, usually a long rectangle, facing the rest of the guests, it’s easy to place this first. Start with the bride and groom in the middle, Maid of Honor next to the bride, Best Man next to the groom, and then fill in with the rest of the wedding party. (Flower girl/ring bearers usually sit with their parents.) If you’re having a sweet heart table for you and your new hubby, you can still start by placing your wedding party at a table together.