Tackling your Wedding Table Plan
Tackling your wedding table plan can be one of the hardest tasks when planning your wedding as you have to organise your guests into compatible groups so as to avoid any unwanted dramas on your big day.
Once you have received all your RSVPs you can start on your plan, and the easiest table, to begin with, is the top table as this generally includes the main bridal party.
Traditionally the top table is long with all guests seated at one side so they can see the entire room, however some couples prefer to have a more informal round table but the suitability of this would depend on the style of your wedding.
Your choice of venue will mostly determine the shape of tables for your guests, many venues use round tables which can seat up to ten guests or depending on the shape of the room long banqueting tables may be offered. Make sure you ask your venue which they offer and if there is a maximum at each table and the maximum number of tables that the room can accommodate.
Tips for a successful Wedding table plan
Mix it up
If you seat your guests in family groups, people lose the chance to mingle. On the other hand, seating people on tables where they know no one might not be a good idea either. Try to strike a balance, and bear in mind people’s interests and ages.
Think about singles
Guests coming with a partner are always seated together. But with tables often having an even number of places, this can be awkward with singles. Never have a table dedicated to singles.
If you’re using round tables, then it is normal to have males and females sitting alternately round the table. For long tables, have couples seated opposite each other.
The closest tables
Regardless of the type of seating arrangement you choose, always make sure that those tables closest to the top table are reserved for your closest friends and family.
There’s no rule that says tables can’t be named rather than numbered. This is becoming more popular with couples using names of their favourite places, football teams or flowers instead of numbers and can be a great talking point for guests.
Make sure you use clear name cards for your guests. This will help them find their seat quickly and easily.
If you include a few details such as whether they are vegetarian or not, this may greatly help the waiting staff. Don’t forget to give a copy of your seating plan to the staff as well in this case.
Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.
He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.
He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.
Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland