Long Table seating arrangement – small wedding

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For only 28 people, no map is fine. The last wedding I went to was 40 people at 2 long tables, and finding our seats was easy. It doesn’t too long to find your seat when it’s a small reception.

I think it’s better to sit you and your fiance in the middle, so you’re fairly close to everyone. And then group people by who they know, as best you can. There’s no need to seat the bridal party next to you.

Coincidentally there has been another thread on this in the last few days, which you might want to check: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/long-table-seating-woes-can-i-split-up-the-bridal-party/#axzz30EBnsWbS

Post # 3
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re in a similar situation, and I actually posted yesterday about how to seat the bridal party. The general consensus seems to be that with a smaller number of guests (we’re at about 35) and a long table, almost anything goes…with the bride and groom in the middle. 

We’re not doing escort cards or a seating chart/map to be displayed, I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult for guests to spot their place cards at the table.

Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Villa Celeste

I’m in the same boat, we are doing a destination wedding and are expecting 35 people. However, we are doing two long tables, opposed to one large. My fiance and I will be sitting in the middle of one of them.

I’m not doing escort cards/seating map. I think it will be relatively easy for everyone to find their way. 

Post # 5
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

1. No need for a seating chart. People will find their place card easily enough in such a small group.

2. Sit where you want to. We (Mr. LK, Teen LK, and I) sat at the head of the table. It was kinda like a head table thing, where the bride and groom are on view for everyone, but we were still able to actually sit with and enjoy conversations with people. There was a moment during our reception when I took a mental step back to soak it all in. There I was, staring at the smiling, laughing faces of our very favorite people, the room was sparkling with the warm glow of candlelight, Mr. LK’s hand was firmly holdiong mine, and everything was absolutely perfect in that moment. It was truly magic. No matter where you choose to sit, just make sure you consciously take a moment to soak it all in.

3. Doing the seating chart was the single biggest PITA of the entire wedding planning process. My advice is to drink wine while doing it. It makes the process far more tolerable. 😉 Oh, and literally make a physical mck-up of your table with each person’ name written on an individual square of paper. it’s much easier to just move the pieces of paper around than to do it on the computer. Once you have your final version set, then you can transfer it to a computerized mark-up that will be giver to whomever is responsible for setting out the place cards.

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