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How to Devise the Perfect Wedding Seating Plan
On your wedding ‘to-do’ list, one of the biggest headaches can be the wedding seating plan. Getting this correct is critical to the success of your wedding which is why it can be such a long and stressful process getting it right. However, there are some simple steps that you can take to take the pain away and make it a stress-free experience. Follow these and you will be well on the way to a happy and successful wedding.
Know your venue
Before you commit to sorting out your seating plan, it is vital that you pay another visit to your wedding venue. If you’re using a wedding planner, meet them there and discuss all possible options you have. Venues can often be set out in all sorts of different ways so it pays to discuss them all. Once you’re sure how you want the venue layout to be and that you expected numbers can be seated comfortably, you can get on with devising your seating plan. At Warwick House, you get your own personal Wedding Planner, who will be able to give you all the advice you need.
Don’t delay your planning
Don’t whatever you do, leave the seating plan to the last minute. This will really add to the stress of planning your perfect wedding! You may be tempted on waiting till you have definite confirmed numbers but that can take a while. Much easier is to start planning early and then amend as you go as you get confirmed numbers. You could use our Vintage Ladder for your Table plan, and then you can print the names out as replace as many times as you need to!
Don’t group by family
Having one group of tables for one half of the wedding couple and one group of tables for the other half’s side may seem like an easy option but, it’s best to try and mix your guests up a bit as it gives everyone the chance to mingle.
Don’t have single gender tables
Always try to avoid single sex tables. They always have the potential to get a little rowdy once the wine starts flowing and it’s much nicer to have a mix of genders at each table.
Do not have a singles table
Yes it might seem like a bit of fun to do a bit of matchmaking, but for some of your single friends, they may find it a bit offensive to be put on a table with other singletons. It’s much better to have each table a mix of partners and singles.
Don’t forget to think about special requirements
Finally, don’t forget any guests that may have special requirements which may affect where you sit them. For example, certain members may wish to be near the toilet facilities (such as the elderly and those with young children). It could take the shine of their experience of your wedding if they are presented with difficulties. You’ll need to consider access for those guests who may have difficulty walking or may be in a wheelchair. At Warwick House, we have wheelchair access, and will be sure to accommodate you guests wherever possible.