When trying to determine the best seating for family and guests at a wedding, things can become complicated, especially when you have challenging situations such as a divorced or estranged person. The way in which people are seated does vary depending also on the level of formality of the wedding reception, along with the layout of the room.
To start with, you will need a table that is designated just for the bride, groom, and wedding party. This table, whether in the center of the room or off to one side shold be the center of the activity. If you have decided to have a buffet or plan to put the head table in the center of the room, make sure it is well marked as being reserved so you do not have unknowing guests sit there only to be embarrassed.
From there, you would organize the seating according to a number of factors. For starters, if the reception will be extremely formal, then the best option is to create a seating chart or use place cards. On the other hand, if the reception is more casual or informal, then you might choose to have open seating. However, the most common choice is to set up tables according to age, interests, and even related guests.
For young children, you always want to seat them with the parents unless you have specifically set up a childrens area that will be monitored by a couple of adults. This option is nice in that the kids feel as though they have their own special reception with foods they like, their parents are enjoying the reception more because they do not have to baby sit, and everyone is happy. To make this work, you would need to hire two people per every 10 kids so that they are well taken care of and things stay under control.
You can seat guests wherever you like but just keep in mind that you want people to feel comfortable. To help you in choosing the best seating arrangement for you, consider the following tips:
- Try to seat people with like interests at the same table
- If possible, seat people where they know a minimum of one other person
- By putting people of the same age together, they generally have more to share
- Try to seat members of the family together that have not seen each other in a long time
- If the bride and/or groom have divorced parents, establish a table for each where they can host. If you prefer them just to be seated guests, then use common sense when choosing people together so there are not any rough moments.
- You might even seat male/female around the table alternatively
- Keep an even number of people at each table so no one feels left out
- If you know of specific guests that love spending time on the dance floor, then seat them the closest to the excitement