Should You Play Matchmaker at Your Wedding?
Your seating chart is one of the biggest—and hardest—tasks of your wedding “to do” list. Inevitably, you’ll end up with a few single friends who have chosen not to bring a date (or aren’t allowed a date). Do you pair them with other couples as a “third wheel” or with your other single friends?
You may be thinking this is the perfect opportunity to play matchmaker and bring together your favorite people on both sides of the aisle. It can be particularly tempting to try if you have two single friends you’ve been dying to introduce. However, playing matchmaker at your wedding is a risky undertaking, because you don’t want your friends to feel singled out or ostracized for not having a wedding date.
Your main rule of thumb is to put yourself in your guests’ place. Would you truly want to be at a singles table with potential strangers? Most wedding experts agree that a singles-only table is a modern taboo, but there may be a few exceptions where it makes sense to pair up your single friends:
1. You’ve discussed it with your friends prior to the wedding
Feel out your single friends ahead of time to see if a singles table or potential date is something they would be open to. Then, prepare them ahead of time for the possibility if a singles table is something you are considering.
2. You blend singles in with couples
With a little extra thought and creativeness, you can pair two (or more) singles at the same table along with other people they know. That way, they can feel comfortable and not singled-out, while also being able to conveniently meet other new singles.
3. You have an abundance of single friends
It may simply be the luck of the draw that you have several single friends (with limited places to put them). In this case, it may make sense to do singles-only tables or a mix of single guests and some couples.
with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)
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