6 Wedding Seating Chart Issues (and How to Solve Them)
Wedding seating charts are the adult equivalent to those word puzzles you had to solve as a kid (i.e., “Best friend Dan likes Kara but hates Chris, and Chris hates Kara but has never met Lisa. Where do you seat them?”). Brides often feel a lot of pressure to please guests when it comes to seating arrangements and filling table space. Adding to that pressure is the fact that seating charts can’t be completed until RSVPs are in, making it one of the last big things to check off your list.
Having difficulty placing people? Here are six common seating chart issues, and how to tackle them to avoid a seating snafu.
1. Feuding family or friends: Inevitably, you’ll run into wedding guests that aren’t too fond of other wedding guests. You’ll need to keep these guests apart to avoid any awkwardness (at least a table away, if in the same family). Surround each person with guests that will help them feel supported and distract from the tension.
2. Those who love to party hard: For friends and family who enjoy many wedding cocktails, place these guests near the bar. This way, drinks will be convenient and they don’t have to crisscross your reception hall to get some. For those guests who love to boogie, seat them up front near the dance floor!
3. Your single friends: Have a few friends who are still flying solo? Resist the urge to play matchmaker by setting up a singles-only table. Instead, place singles with other friends and family they know so they can feel comfortable (and not pressured into meeting someone).
4. Children: Not sure what to do with your littlest guests? Babies and toddlers typically remain with their parents, but older kids can be seated at a kids-only table with kid-friendly activities nearby. Or, if your budget allows, you can hire a babysitter to watch kids during dinner.
5. Your co-workers: As close as you are with your co-workers, many of them don’t know other guests (which can make seating arrangements awkward). If your coworkers don’t fill up even tables, split them in half and seat them with friends who have similar interests. That way, no one is left out in the cold.
6. Last-minute additions: Prepare yourself, because this will happen! You’ll have some guests bow out of your wedding last-minute, but you might also have a few people request to join who RSVP’d “no.” If you have room, save 2-4 spots at different tables in case you’ll need them.
with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)
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