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Seating Culture

Thursday 19th May 2016
Agreeing on the guest list and seating chart can be two of the most stressful factors of planning a wedding. If you’re having a formal sit down, dining experience you will need to engineer a seating plan to ensure your guests can navigate to their correct seat. We've compiled a list of things you should consider before deciding where to place who.
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In most other event planning instances, the flow of conversation and warmth generated from each guest isn’t particularly important. When you’re attending a corporate function your attention is largely on the task at hand. Weddings, on the other hand, are a celebration of family and friends and the affable feeling created in the room is essential. To safeguard your wedding day as an animated, lively affair and ensure conversation between guests keeps flowing beyond the first course, seat guests who don’t know anyone with guests who do and make certain not to split up couples.

No one wants to be sitting on top of each other. Ensure you have a rough estimate of  how many guests will be attending before you select a venue.

There is an undisclosed hierarchy when it comes to reception seating. Traditionally, those who are seated the closest to the bridal table are in fact, closest to the bride and groom. Although, it’s important not to let family politics get in the way of your big day.

Your venue and furniture positioning will also play a large factor in conceiving your table plan. Long rectangular banquet tables are champion space enablers and when configured correctly encourage dialogue. Large, unoccupied spaces benefit from elongated trestle tables and can double as room partitions, separating the dining area from the dance floor. Banquet tables are also usually easier on wait staff, so long as there is enough distance for them to manoeuvre around each table.

Your guests are more or less limited to speaking to the person sitting either side of them on rectangular, infinity style tables. The volume of each conversation will increase organically if your guests are talking over the top of each other to reach the person sitting opposite them.

Generally speaking, round table discussions flow a lot more naturally because your guests’ sight lines are equal from each seat. For this reason, avoid bulky centerpieces or high standing foliage on the table that might block someone’s vision across the table. A great alternative is to suspend wild, billowing foliage from the ceiling and opt for soft lighting on the table instead.

Make sure the physical seating plan is in clear view for all of your guests. Even after you have received everyone’s RSVP’s there is no guaranteeing everyone will make it on the day. Displaying the seating chart on a chalkboard, mirror or glass will enable you to make last minute changes if needed.

Thursday 19th May 2016