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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Napier

Six Tips for Creating a Seating Chart With Ease

Creating a seating chart for your wedding is no easy task! Picking who sits where and trying to make sure everyone is happy is a lot to think about and plan. Rather than give up entirely on having a seating chart, try some of these tips to help you create one without all the hassle and headache.

1. Pick Your Tables

The first thing you'll need to do after finalizing your guest list is decide on table shapes. This is important, because you'll need to know how many table you can fit in your venue and how many people can be seated per table. Certain table shapes may work better for your venue size and layout than others. If your wedding venue supplies tables, be sure to ask how many can be seated per table.

2. Seat Your Closest Family and Friends Nearest You

Your immediate family and closest friends should be seated nearest where the bride and groom will be. Be sure to keep this in mind and place their names on your seating chart first. Don't forget to include a table for the bridal party if the bride and groom will have their own separate table.

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3. Organize by Groups

For everyone else on your list, organize where they sit based on groups. Groups may be your college friends, people from work, church friends, etc. People who know each other and/or work together will want to sit next to each other.

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4. Decide if You'll Have a Kid's Table

If you're allowing kids at your wedding, you'll want to think about the best place to seat them. Will they want to be with their parents? Would they enjoy their own table? Keep in mind that if kids are at their own table, they will still need to be supervised and may need help getting their food and drink. It's a great idea to include activities at their seats to keep them entertained.

5. Skip the Singles Table

Having a table solely for your single guests is inconsiderate and can make them feel embarrassed. Forget the singles table and seat your single guests mixed in with other guests or people they may know, regardless of their relationship status.

6. Plan It Out (Digitally or Physically)

A digital seating chart allows for easy customization and modification. It lets you easily add and remove names and see your seating plan in action. After you have everything mapped out on your computer, print it out and use it while creating your seating chart sign. If you're more hands on, try using sticky notes and a large piece of paper. We have beautiful seating chart templates you can customize in no time!

If you're still on the fence about having a seating chart, skip the full seating chart and consider assigning guests to a table without specific seating arrangements. This is a little easier and still helps your guest find their place.

We hope these tips helped you feel a little less stressed out and more prepared to tackle your wedding seating chart! If you want more helpful tips like these, subscribe to our email list (plus you'll get some discount love for signing up). ♥

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