5 Tips to Help You Set Guests at Your Wedding Reception

Are you planning a wedding this year and already stressed about how you’ll seat your guests?  For many couples, planning the seating chart at their wedding is the most stressful part of the planning process.  If you’re only having 25 guests for a buffet reception, then you might not have much to worry about.  Yet for many couples who are planning weddings with 75 or more guests, the seating assignment is important.  Most people enjoy assigned seating because it’s fun to see where you chose to seat them, and with whom.  If you’re still in the beginning stages of planning, Village Catering has five tips to help you seat your guests at your wedding reception.

  1. Think about the floor plan.

It’s important to keep your floor plan in mind when planning your seating arrangement.  Give your most important guests the best seats and make sure that they can see the center of the dance floor.  It’s also important to consider any guests who require special accommodations, such as those in wheelchairs.  Think about any elderly guess that will be in attendance as well and seat them further away from the band and the speakers.  If you’re still on the search for a wedding hall in PA, then consider Village Catering for your needs.

  1. Get an early start.

It’s rumored that some couples make their seating arrangements the night before the wedding, and if you’re a great procrastinator, then this might work for you.  Yet many couples find that planning their seating arrangement takes a lot more than one night to create, so getting an early start is advised.

  1. Use a spreadsheet.

Using some sort of planning chart is key to making your seating arrangement as stress-free as possible.  You can create a column for all of your invitees and arrange it according to their relationship to you.  For example, you can create a column for friends, a column for family, and a column for your partner’s family.  Keep adding columns as you create categories.  Sorting your list and then breaking it down into table arrangements is a fantastic way to keep organized.

  1. Consider relationships.

We all know that in most families there are people who just don’t get along.  This is to be expected and shouldn’t make your planning too stressful. Try to be sensitive and thoughtful about how you seat your guests to avoid any uncomfortable situations.  Your guests will appreciate it and your wedding reception will go much smoother.

  1. Choose specific seats or specific tables.

Most couples plan their seating arrangement to reflect specific seats and specific tables, but you don’t have to do this.  Sometimes, couples choose to simply assign specific tables but then let their guests choose their seats. If you do assign seats, you need to create escort cards that your guests will pick up upon entry.  You will also need place cards set on the table.  If you opt to go with just assigned tables, then you only need to worry about creating escort cards.  If you are still looking for the right PA banquet hall, then consider Village Catering.  Our professional staff is guaranteed to help you plan for the wedding of your dreams.