Seating plan for one big table at reception?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 If you  sit at the head of the table, your wedding party could sit on each side of you in the nearest seats. Your parents could sit at the other end of the table. Your Dad and his Mom at the foot of the table, with his Dad and your mom nearest them. Or vice versa.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

This is actually the most formal kind of dinner seating. There are two different rules that are followed: in English seating protocol the host and hostess sit opposite each other at the two ends of the table, with the lady guest of honour to the host’s right and the gentleman guest of honour to the hostess’s right. Guests alternate lady – gentleman – lady down both sides of the table, with the highest-ranking guests (by noble title, service to the country, and age) closest to the ends where the host and hostess are seated. In continental protocol the host and hostess sit side-by-side at the centre of the table, with the guests of honour closest to them at the centre and ranging downward toward the two ends.

The best course of action at a wedding is to combine the two protocols, especially if the bride’s parents are hosting. Put the bridal couple at the centre of one long side, with the honour attendants beside them and the other attendants across the table from them and down the two sides, still alternating boy-girl-goy-girl. Put the host and hostess — the bride’s parents — at the two opposite ends, with the groom’s mother to the right of the bride’s father, and the groom’s father to the right of the bride’s mother.

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