Tips for Creating a Seating Chart for Your Wedding

October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

When planning a wedding, there are many small details that must be considered. One of those is the seating chart. Some brides have rather unwisely assigned this task to a bridesmaid, but it is best if the couple works together to be sure that the seating chart is done in the most beneficial way.

Below are some tips to help you create a seating chart for your wedding:

1) Make a Chart

Once you have selected your venue, you can begin to create a chart of how the tables will be set up in the room. You want to include as many details as possible. For example, you will want to note where the kitchen door and restrooms are located. Also, if you are having a wedding reception with panoramic views, you will want to note from which tables guests will have the best views.

All of these details should be considered when deciding who will sit where.

2) Guest Comfort

While it will take a bit of extra work to make this happen, the comfort of your guests should be considered when making the seating chart. For example, that means if an older guest has trouble walking, he or she should be placed closer to the restrooms.

It also means that you will have to consider who is sitting near each other. Obviously, if Aunt Sally is not speaking to Cousin Jane you should not seat them next to each other, but there are other things to consider as well.

For example, it is better for your guests if they are seated at a table at which they know at least one other person. While you should avoid seating entire families together, it is best not to create a table full of complete strangers. Mix it up, but make sure everyone has at least one familiar face at their table.

3) Premium Seating

No, there is not really a name given to the best seats at a wedding, but they do exist and everyone knows it. The proximity to the bride and groom is the most obvious example. The tables immediately in front of or next to the head table should be reserved for close family and very close friends.

A wedding reception with a panoramic view will bring its own seating chart criteria. You will want the guests who are most important to you to have the best views. Pomona Valley Mining Company is a wedding venue with a view in San Gabriel Valley.

This venue provides views from every table. This rustic yet elegant venue provides wonderful views that overlook the Pomona Valley. Walls of windows ensure that every guest is able to enjoy the view, so the issue is more about who will be seated closest to the windows with the best of the views.

4) Children

If you are having children at your wedding, special thought concerning the seating chart will need to be given to them. If you have several children attending, consider having a children’s corner. This table could be a bit out of the way, but also in a location where parents can keep an eye on their children easily.

You will also want to be very sure that you know the ages of the children and seat them accordingly. You should not seat a 12-year-old at a table full of 5-year-olds.

At a wedding reception with panoramic views, consider setting up a play station in front of a set of windows. Activities such as simple crafts and coloring will help keep the children busy.

5) No Singles Table

Yes, it is fun to try and fix up your single friends at your wedding. It is not, however, fun for them if you have tables that are exclusively single. That is embarrassing for all involved. Instead, have the single guests mixed in with couples and families.

Making a seating chart is not the most romantic of wedding related tasks, but doing so will ensure that all of your guests have a good seat at your wedding venue with a view in San Gabriel Valley.