How to choose the right seating chart (style) for your wedding.

Have you just realised that you need a seating chart for your wedding and turned to Pinterest for ideas? Avoid a Pinterest fail and read our advice on how to choose the right style for your wedding.

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How to choose the right seating chart (style) for your wedding.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider style=”2″ margin_top=”16″ margin_bottom=”10″][vc_column_text]You’ve been planning your wedding for months now. You’ve chosen your wedding colours, theme and decorations and your big day is quickly approaching. But you’ve just realised that you need a seating chart so of course, you turn to Pinterest for ideas.  

The problem is, there are hundreds of different types of seating charts on Pinterest, each more inventive and creative than the other. There are so many different ideas to choose from and you want them all! Where do you start?

We’ll guide you through everything you need to consider so that you can make an informed decision in no time!

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1563207801892{background-color: #f0f3f2 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ll look at some aspects that you may need to consider:[/vc_column_text][gem_list type=”snowflake-style-1″ color=”10″]

  • Your wedding venue
  • Your wedding theme
  • The available space
  • Accessibility
  • Wedding guests
  • The complexity of the seating chart
  • The legibility of the seating chart
  • The wedding budget
  • The reality of what is possible.
  • And a simple back-up idea that everyone can do.

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Consider your wedding venue

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Is your wedding reception taking place in a great ball room, outdoors or in a barn? Or is it more industrial and modern? Old rustic crates with table lists hanging of twine might not look so great in a ball room whereas an elaborate seating plan in an old pristine golden frame might look out of place in a barn. Saying that, contrast often also works, so it all depends on your venue and what style you prefer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Consider your wedding theme

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]If you have a theme, consider using it as inspiration for your seating chart. Whether this is travel, music, films, gin or anything else. You can do as little as naming your tables with your theme in mind, or go all out and incorporate your theme in the design of the seating chart.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30515″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30518″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616519671{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Consider your space

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Where will your completed seating chart be displayed? Check with your venue where seating charts are normally displayed and what you are allowed to do. Will it be hanging from the ceiling or on a wall, will it be on a table or is it tall enough to be placed on the ground? Also consider the space around the seating chart and keep in mind that your guests will need space (and time) to find their names on the seating plan. This is especially important to keep in mind if your venue is small.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Consider accessibility

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Following the previous point, will you have guests with mobility problems? Make sure the seating plan is placed so it is easily accessible by all your guests. So avoid placing it somewhere where you need to walk up stairs or up a hill. Make sure there is plenty of space for your guests to stand around the plan, to make it more comfortable for them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30516″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30520″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616403648{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Consider your guests

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]How many guests have you invited? For a larger amount of guests, we would suggest to keep the seating chart in alphabetical order, rather than a table by table list. It will be quicker for your guests to find their names and find their seats. Having a seating chart in alphabetical order may also affect the look of it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Keep it simple

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Who are your guests? Are they mainly friends or have you also invited your large family with some elderly persons? Some seating plans are very elaborate and can be difficult to decipher. The whole point with the seating chart is to speed the seating up, but if no one can figure out which table they are sitting at, the whole process will take much longer and cause delays. So make sure your seating chart is adapted to its audience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30521″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30522″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616548924{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Keep it legible

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]The same goes for the font but also the surface of your seating plan. If your font is too ornate, it might be difficult for some guests to read it, so the seating will take longer. There are also some beautiful seating charts on pinterest out of acrylic, mirrors and glass. If you choose one of those options, make sure that the text is legible. This could mean finding the right background for the acrylic and glass so that the text is visible, and also finding the right type of pen to write with. It may mean you will have to consider moving your seating chart to get the right light in case of reflection.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Consider your Wedding Budget

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Now be honest. Did you budget for a seating chart? If so, great! You clearly know what you want. If not, don’t worry. Seating charts don’t have to be expensive, complicated or time consuming. You can still have a personalised pinterest worthy seating chart with little effort and with little budget.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30523″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30524″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616593222{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Be realistic

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]So by now you’ve narrowed down your options and need to decide whether to order a seating chart or to create your own. Other than the budget, consider how much time you have available to make a seating chart. Do you have other DIY projects that you are already making? How much space do you have available to make the seating chart? Would you have to buy all the tools to make something and then never use these tools again? Do you even like crafts? If you don’t enjoy crafts or have little time, but still want (or need) to create your own seating chart, keep it simple. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Don’t stress over it

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Above all, don’t stress over the seating display. A creative and fun seating chart can add character to the wedding, but the main purpose of it is to speed up the seating process. So if you are out of ideas, hate crafts or have no time and no budget to order one, all you need to do is to create your seating plan in Table Planner, print the table lists and put them into nice frames (which you can put your wedding pictures in later). You can also mix it up with photos of your relationship to add character. Put all the frames on a mantlepiece or a table with a nice tablecloth or table runner (unless the table is pretty enough), tea lights or fairy lights and the bridesmaid’s flowers. All done! A bonus with this approach is that if there are any last minute changes to the seating plan, all you have to do is to reprint the relevant table lists, and your seating chart will be perfectly accurate![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30525″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553615945581{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553616609642{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]All of these points may have you wondering if a seating plan is worth the effort. To remind you why you need one, read our blog post 10 reasons why you need a seating chart for your wedding and sign up to our Newsletter to be notified when we publish new posts. [/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row]

5 easy steps to creating the perfect seating plan.

Seating plans can be difficult to put together and can cause a lot of stress. Follow our 5 steps to make the process much easier and create the perfect seating plan for your wedding without stress!

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5 easy steps to creating the perfect seating plan.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Your wedding day is approaching and RSVPS are coming in. You’ve decided that you need a seating plan for your wedding reception. But where do you start?

We of course suggest downloading our App, and then following our 5 steps to make it less stressful! But in whichever way you choose to mark your seating arrangements, these steps should help you on your way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1554821077869{margin-top: 48px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

1. Decide on the shape of your tables.

You may have seen some amazing table arrangements on Pinterest that you’d like for your wedding reception, but we would recommend first speaking to your wedding venue or wedding planner. They will know what type of tables will work best in your chosen wedding venue and what shape of tables will accommodate the number of guests you have invited.

You also want to make sure that every guest has enough elbowroom and that no one has a table leg between their own legs. Your wedding venue or wedding planner will be able to tell you what the ideal number of guests around one table is.

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2. Seat yourself first.

This might seem like a strange one, but you are not on the guest list so it’s easy to forget to seat yourself and your future wife or husband! You as the newlyweds will also influence the rest of the seating arrangements, so it’s a very important step!

If you are unsure of where to seat yourselves, we suggest speaking to your wedding venue or wedding planner once again. They are after all experienced and should be able to advise you, based on what has worked for other couples.

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3. Seat family and bridal party.

This may not always be an easy one. The prime seats are of course by the newly weds. Some families envisage a strictly traditional seating plan, for others that would be impossible because of family dynamics. You may also have someone specific in mind to have near you, which might offend others. Whatever your situation, create your own plan, while keeping the family wishes in mind. We suggest sharing your ideas and problems for your family’s and bridal party’s seating with them, asking them to help you out, and so making them feel important. It will go a long way to keeping everyone happy on the day.

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4. Put your guests into groups.

Whether you are getting married at 25, 35 of 55, chances are you have met a lot of people and have different circles of friends and relatives that may not know each other. And they are all invited. Many of these friends and relatives may be really looking forward to your wedding and see it as a reunion with people they haven’t seen for a while. This is all good, but if not handled properly, may also create cliques, divisions and exclusions.

Our suggestion is therefore to put your guests into groups; this could be high school or college friends, work colleagues, gym buddies, kids, relatives, family friends etc. Then try to spread your groups across tables, always making sure that there is someone at the table that know each other. Consider your guests’ ages and who would get on with each other. Who has similar interests, work, background, or neighbourhood? Who can’t sit next to each other because of personal history or political views? Keep them apart!

This step may take a little while, but is well worth doing, as it will help your guests to mingle. In Table Planner you can also create tags for your guests, and so get an overview of how each group is seated.

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5. Consider individual needs of guests.

Every wedding will have at least one guest that will need special consideration with their seating arrangement. This could be an elderly person, who shouldn’t be seated by speakers, persons with mobility difficulties who should have clear access to their seats, guests that may not know anyone at the wedding or even your single friends (who will not appreciate a singles’ table). You also need to consider kids. How old are they? Are they old enough for a kids’ table, or do they need to be seated by their parents? It is not only your guests with the individual needs that will appreciate your thoughtfulness, but also other guests who will not be inconvenienced if someone is placed in an unsuitable seat.[/vc_column_text][gem_divider style=”3″ margin_top=”24px” margin_bottom=”48px”][vc_single_image image=”30349″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1555081253302{margin-top: 24px !important;margin-bottom: 24px !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”24px” margin_bottom=”24px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1554821229930{margin-top: 48px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Bonus tips:
Start early.

How is your seating plan looking now? All this is a lot to consider, so it’s always a good idea to start early and play around with the plan until it feels good. Even if you are still waiting for RSVPs, there is a core group of guests that will definitely be there, so you can always start there.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1554821236610{margin-top: 48px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Enlist help!

To create a seating plan on your own is a lot of work. We therefore suggest sharing this task. There are many ways of doing this. The most obvious is to share the task with your other half. They are also inviting their family and friends that they know, so can help in assessing their needs. As also mentioned under point 3, get feedback from family and bridal party on their own seating to avoid conflict. You can also get both sets of parents involved in helping to seat the relatives and friends of the family. You can either allocate them tables to fill or ask for feedback. The Collaboration tool in Table Planner will allow you just this.[/vc_column_text][gem_divider style=”3″ margin_top=”24px” margin_bottom=”48px”][vc_single_image image=”30350″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1555081297285{margin-top: 24px !important;margin-bottom: 24px !important;}”][gem_divider style=”3″ margin_top=”24px” margin_bottom=”48px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1554821247313{margin-top: 48px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

You can’t please everyone.

Most guests will be happy to have an allocated seat, or at least an allocated table, but keep in mind that you will never be able to please everyone. There will also inevitably be last minute changes, where someone cancels last minute or someone else brings an unexpected plus one, and your best-laid seating plans will have to be adjusted. The main thing is that you have considered your guests and done your best to seat them so that they, and ultimately you, will enjoy themselves on your big day.   

If all of this puts you off creating a seating plan, read our article on why you need one here! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How to use Table Planner – an Infographic

Learn how to use Table Planner with our simple Infographic!

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Table Planner App is very easy to use. In just a few steps you’re ready to start seating your guests. We believe creating a seating plan should be simple and straightforward. If you want more details of all the features in the App, read our blog posts here. Otherwise, here is a quick overview of how to use Table Planner. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”30472″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

10 reasons why you need a seating chart for your wedding.

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10 reasons why you need a seating chart for your wedding.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider style=”2″ margin_top=”16″ margin_bottom=”10″][vc_column_text]Everyone says that your wedding day is your day and you should do what you want. This is true to some extent. But if you don’t consider your guests’ needs, they won’t have as much fun as you’d like them to and neither will you. A picture says more than a thousand words, and your wedding photos will be the ultimate proof if everyone has enjoyed themselves.  [/vc_column_text][gem_divider style=”3″ margin_top=”30″ margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1554120698351{background-color: #f0f3f2 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553523562709{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

Ask yourself some questions about your guests:

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  • Do you want to sit next to your new husband/wife during the reception?
  • Do you have any family members that you want to sit close to (or far away from) you?
  • Do you have any family members that will be upset if they sit far away from you? Or if they get split up?
  • Are you inviting different circles of friends?
  • Do you have guests that won’t know anyone else?

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  • Are you inviting friends with kids?
  • Are you inviting elderly persons?
  • Will waiters serve your meal, and do they need to know who has special dietary requirements?
  • Do you have limited space in your reception hall?

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If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, we think a seating plan, for at least some of the tables, is necessary.

And this is why:

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1. A seating chart ensures a seat together for the newlyweds.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]You are most likely either having your photos taken or talking to your guests before the reception. Everyone will want to stop and speak to you before they sit down and you are likely to be the last ones to take a seat. A seating plan ensures that the newlyweds are seated together. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

2. A seating chart ensures that those you want close to you sit nearby.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]The best seats are of course next to the newlyweds. Who are going to sit next to you? Do you want anyone specific close to you, like your grandma or your favourite aunt? Do you want your family to sit together? Without a seating plan, everyone who doesn’t have sharp enough elbows or are simply not fast enough will end up sitting far away from you. You may end up having to ask someone to give up his or her seat, which is embarrassing enough and you have better things to talk about than seating arrangements. A seating plan ensures that all the important people are seated exactly where you want them. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30354″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30355″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616519671{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

3. A seating chart can prevent (family) drama.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Do you have any family members or friends that will be upset if they don’t sit near you or if they get separated? Do you have any family members or friends that can’t sit next to each other? Or divorced parents that fight as soon as they see each other? Most guests will be on their best behaviour, but add the emotions of the wedding and alcohol, and a feeling of being slighted, and the situation could potentially become unpleasant. A seating plan ensures that those that could create a scene are separated and have people around them to help prevent drama, allowing you to be the centre of attention. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

4. A seating chart will support mingling.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Whether you are getting married at the age of 25, 35 or 55, you will have made friends from different walks of life that you are now inviting to the wedding. Not everyone will know each other, but there will likely be groups of friends and relatives that know each other and will be happy to have a reunion on such a festive occasion. This is of course fantastic, but can also result in cliques. Different groups will party between themselves and the newlyweds will be torn between the groups. A seating plan will support mingling in that different circles of friends and relatives can get to know each other and everyone will party together.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30356″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30357″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616403648{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

5. A seating chart will make it less awkward for guests that don’t know anyone else.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Chances are that you have invited someone or a couple that won’t know anyone else. They are coming to your wedding because they want to share your special day with you. It’s not easy to come to a party where you don’t know anyone without feeling excluded, despite your best efforts. Couples also risk being separated, if there are no more seats together. A seating plan provides easy conversation starters and ensures couples are seated together, making it less awkward for them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

6. A seating chart will take care of the kids.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]If you have decided to include kids in the wedding celebrations, you want to avoid families being separated when looking for a table and ruining your day by screaming throughout the speeches or tripping waiters over. Parents with very young children may want to be seated next to an exit, in case they need to take their baby out during speeches. A seating plan ensures families are either seated together or kids are seated at a kids’ table nearby. Their parents, and guests seated next to them, will be grateful and may also be able to enjoy and join in the festivities. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30358″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30359″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616548924{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

7. A seating chart will allow you to consider the needs of elderly persons.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]If you have invited elderly persons or persons with mobility difficulties, they may find it difficult to find a suitable space if there is no place allocated to them. A seating plan will ensure that their needs are considered. They may for instance want to be seated near the exit, away from a speaker or need more access if they are in a wheelchair.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

8. A seating chart will help waiters identify guests with special dietary requirements.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]It is very likely that some of your guests will have specific dietary requirements, whether for health, religious and ethical reasons. Unless you are having a buffet, a seating plan will ensure that the waiters will be aware where guests with special diets are seated and serve them their meals in a timely fashion. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30360″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30361″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553616593222{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

9. A seating chart will allow you to fit everyone in.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]Wedding venues and guest lists vary in sizes. If you have free seating, you will need extra space and more tables, as there will inevitably be empty seats left, when groups seat themselves together.  A seating plan ensures that your tables are filled up evenly and will reduce the amount of tables you need, thus creating more space. It also looks better on wedding photos, when tables are evenly filled.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#f0f3f2″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553525091662{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1553524853934{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

10. A seating chart will speed up the seating.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]You may think that a seating chart will create a delay in seating your guests. The opposite is however true. Free seating will take longer, as guests will be looking for their friends and try to find the best seats. People will swap places and generally be unfocused. This could potentially delay your timeline. A seating plan ensures that your guests have a focus. They know which table they have been allocated to; they focus on finding it and will be seated quicker, thus allowing the party to start sooner![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”30362″ img_size=”576×440″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_fullwidth container=”1″ background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553615945581{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_inner css=”.vc_custom_1553616609642{margin-top: -9px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Final thoughts on seating charts.

[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][vc_column_text]We think a bit of effort beforehand will create a better wedding experience for the Bridal couple and guests alike. Many guests also expect a seating chart and may be confused when they can’t find one and therefore ask you and your wedding coordinator where to sit. However, every wedding is different and ultimately, you know your guests’ needs and expectations best. There are plenty of weddings, which have been great without a seating chart, but we hope that we have helped you think through whether you need a seating plan or not.

If you feel that you will need a seating chart, but you feel intimidated by it and don’t know where to start, read our blog on how to get started.[/vc_column_text][gem_divider margin_top=”34″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/gem_fullwidth][/vc_column][/vc_row]