(Closed) Where to seat parents

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Where should parents sit?
    Brides parents and Grooms parents at the same table : (6 votes)
    33 %
    Parents at separate tables with grandparents and other honored guests : (11 votes)
    61 %
    At head table : (0 votes)
    Other (I'll explain) : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Whaaat? I thought you were supposed to seat the parents together. Otherwise, I think it does look "divided". Not sure…i haven’t usually noticed at other weddings.

    My parents are sitting with my FI’s mom and grandparents. Fi’s dad is at another table b/c he’s bringing his estranged wife and we do not want her at our parents table. It’s a weird relationshp. We think it makes the wedding look friendly if all the parents sit together. But, I don’t have grandparents coming, so so our table for 10 holds the 10 people we want it to perfectly. 

    Post # 4
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I’m wondering about how people do this too — if we seat our parents together, it’s just the four of them (siblings are all in the bridal party).  If we include grandparents, it explodes to 13.  Both sets of my grandparents will be coming, as well as his maternal grandparents, his grandma on his late father’s side, and his step dad’s parents.  I have really NO idea what to do with it.

    Post # 5
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    584 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I’ve been struggling with this too. Future Mother-In-Law assumed that she would be at the head table and was shocked that we were thinking about not having a head table. (The Future Mother-In-Law saga continues.)

    We think we’re doing:

    -Sweetheart table is "Table 1"

    -Wedding party is "Table 2"

    -Both sets of parents and my 3 sets of grandparents are "Table 3"… not sure about grandparents, though, my dad’s parents are divorced and might not want to be seated together.

    And we are probably naming, not numbering the tables, at the reception. But we’re numbering them on the chart just to help and b/c we don’t have table names yet.

    Post # 6
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We had each set of parents host their own table and all of my sisters (plus dates and my nephew) at another table.  My husband and I sat at a sweetheart table at the front, and we didn’t have a bridal party, so nobody to seat there.  It just worked out better for us this way, because we had a bunch of people coming who were special to us, and we wanted to give them an honorary position.  We only assigned seating for these three tables, and everyone else got to pick their seats.

    Post # 7
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I dont think they HAVE to be seperated.  It just works out better in some cases.

    Post # 8
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    1428 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think it’s really sweet to sit the bride and grooms’ parents together. That’s what we will be doing. His & my parents all get along really well together and I know they would be sad not to sit together.
    Other family members, I would seat them nearby the parents’ table, for us, we will most likely sit some of my family with some of his family at different tables so everyone can get to know one another since they all live far away.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Muahaha…I’m not doing assigned seating, so I don’t really have to worry about this myself (although I’m hoping to sit close to my parents/siblings/grandparents/MOH and to my fiance’s parents/siblings/grandparents/BM), but…I would seat all the parents together. I agree with the other posters — that’s usually how I’ve seen it done.

    Post # 10
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    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I think you should definately put both set of parents at the same table. The wedding is the uniting of two people, two familes, why would you want them divided?? As for aunts, uncles, grandparents… you can put some of them at this same table or another one. There are no rules to seating, but I think it is a must to blend family and friends! This is an opportunty fo relatives and friends to get to know each other, mingle!

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