Post # 1
I’m not convinced I’ll be having a seating chart, but I’m playing around with the Martha Stewart planning tool to try it out. I’d like some tips about how to do this.
Right now I’ve been seating people together who know each other/are close. How do I balance putting people with others they are comfortable with and not setting it up so people don’t interact with each other. Not sure if I’m making sense.
Post # 3
I printed my mailing list on address labels and put them on small index cards. I was then able to physically move each on a real table and take my index cards with me and play with it elsewhere. IT was a little nutty but worked out really well. In the end I paired people close in age that had similar history with me, with each other. Ultimately everyone was on the dance floor so it doesnt matter where they sat.
Good luck, the seating table/chart was my least favorite part.
Post # 4
The way I did it was I tried to put every person with at least one other person he or she knows. But I tried not too many people together who know each other, for fear that the others in the table will feel like the odd ones out. Also, I tried to match up people with similar intrests.
Post # 5
Luckily this is somewhat easy for me. Our guests are mostly family and the rest will have at least one other person there that they know. In our situation I put 2 of my work friends with my Uncle & his son and family because they have a similar sense of humor. Others are people we went to school with (they’re at one table), work friends of mine (at a table with the school friends) and family (who sits with other family). The one issue I had was where to put my obnoxious 1/2 brother and his family (BJ)(he’s my Dad’s son from a previous relationship). I sat him with my 1/2 brother (BW)(mom’s son) because my brother BW won’t have any issues with telling him (BJ) that they have to leave if he gets drunk and starts stuff. 🙂 It can be tricky but I think that adds to the fun! LOL
Post # 6
I have heard this is the hardest part of planning the reception.
At a wedding of one of my cousins last summer I was seated with my immediate family and one of my cousins friends who none of us had ever met. He was stuck not sitting my his buddies and we were stuck not sitting by our cousins! I thought it was an awkward seating arrangement, even though we chatted with him, etc.
I don’t think a wedding is supposed to be a place for encouraged(or forced) social interaction–I think people mingling, dancing, etc will be encouragement enough. Seat people with people they’re comfortable with and if you’re still stuck (i.e. too many people that know each to fit at one table, and another table with not enough people)
What I would do is if you have too many people for a table and you need to mix up some people that don’t normally interact, or know eachother–try to seat the extraverted sociable people together. Like I said, people will mingle naturally and if they don’t want to, than they don’t!
hope that helps. Good luck with the seating. I’m so NOT looking forward to doing it myself!