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Wedding planning guide
For a lot of brides and grooms, the wedding seating plan causes a lot of friction and arguments, not just with each other but with family also.
Keep it simple, follow the steps below and do not involve others in your decisions and it will be stress-free. Below is a straightforward guide to organising your seating plan with everything you need to consider to get this task done efficiently so you can get back to the fun stuff
This trendy idea is gaining popularity with brides and grooms as it seems like a stress-free alternative. However, this is guaranteed to add stress and anxiety to your guests on the day.
This idea will push people you care about back into the school dinner hall mentality:
The well-known guests will fill up tables quickly, save chairs and those who know fewer people will instantly feel unpopular and isolated. Do avoid doing this and instead follow the below steps to make planning your seating plan straightforward.
People that dislike each other or those that do not get along should be seated at different tables. It may be just one meal, but it should nevertheless be an enjoyable one for all. For everyone else, try to portion out that a few people know each other on each table or, where possible, allow a table to consist of entirely one friendship group.
It is important to remember the day is your celebration, but it is not a day to force people outside their comfort boundaries.
Do not be scared to have unequally weighted tables, no one will care or notice and this can often avoid headaches when planning. Avoid the singles table;
guests will quickly figure this out and feel rather embarrassed.
Before deciding on how to create your wedding guest seating chart, it is worth checking with the venue about where seating plan boards usually go, in case you can use their equipment.
As with anything containing the word ‘wedding', there are an enormous amount of businesses that either market themselves as trendy or niche and charge an exuberate amount for what can be made quickly and relatively cheaply.
Below is a simple method to make low-cost place cards:
1. Business cards folded in half lengthwise make an ideal place card size/shape and business cards in any design can be ordered blank online very cheaply. Make sure to remove all text and just have a single side print with your wedding theme or colour (in a light colour).
2. Add names with a permanent black Calligraphy marker (these can be bought for under £2 in any Stationery shop). Or print names from your printer onto address labels and stick these on the business cards.
Blank name cards can also be purchased in any low -cost card store or stationers, and these are often in packs of up to 50 at a time.
A lot of couples get concerned that their guests may not have a good time or that conversations at the tables may be limited.
If this is a concern you share, then try one of the below tried and tested methods to get the chat going:
The shape of the top table is ultimately the bride and groom's choice, but do check what your venue will accommodate first.
Remember this is your day and whatever will mean that you get the most enjoyment out of your wedding breakfast is the only consideration to base your decision on. It is traditional to have a straight top table, but there are plenty of examples to challenge the critics. From my own experience, a circle table made our families feel free to talk to each other.
Traditionally, the guests sitting at the top table would include the newly wedding couple, both sets of parents, best man and maid of honour.
The rest of the bridal party would then be sat on a second table very close by.
However, your big day only needs to be as traditional as you want it to be. Where, possible try to include both parents and then beyond this create a table of guests who you will enjoy spending additional time with.
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