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What Is a Wedding Seating Chart?

A wedding seating chart is a piece of card that contains a list of the people sitting together in a table during the wedding reception. It is a diagram with instructions that determines where a group of people should take their seat. It is usually created to avoid confusion among the guests in formal events.

How to Create a Wedding Seating Chart

Every bride and the groom in weddings endure a lot of stress in the process of planning a wedding. Among the tasks you have to complete is creating a wedding seating chart. To avoid the hassle of consuming time, you have the option to download a customizable template. However, if you feel you're up to the challenge then you can follow these steps to create your very own wedding seating chart.

1. Get the Floor Plan of the Venue

An important thing to consider when you're creating a seating chart is the venue. A large setting would give you the opportunity to invite as many people as you can while having a small venue means you need to trim the list down. You can also base your guest list on the size of the venue.

2. Have a List of The Guests in Attendance

You can't make your seating chart without knowing who will be there. So if you've had to trim down the people in attendance then refer back to the list and count how many are in attendance. You can base the seating chart according to the number of people attending.

3. Select the Number and Size of the Tables

With your list in order, you can now plan on your tables. The first thing you need to consider is the size. The venue again is an important factor in determining this. Base the size on the number of people in attendance and then make sure you divide each people into tables. Also consider the space of the venue and if the guests are free to move around.

4. Grouping Your Guest

Now comes the difficult step. You have a reasonable amount of people in attendance, but will they be able to get along? Is there a possibility that one table might cause a ruckus to the people around them? Here's what you can do. Try to mix the people who are single and the couples. Balance things around so no one would have to feel awkward. The younger attendees should be closer to the dance floor where it's loudest and have the older folks and relatives in the back. Suppose that there are relatives present that you don't know well or family friends, it's best to ask advice from your parents who know them. If there are children present in your wedding then you can probably seat them all together. Just place the table near the parents.

5. Design Your Table Cards

The best way to indicate where the guests will be sitting is by placing cards on the table. The card doesn't have to have a complicated design. You can place a giant number on a high quality card stock with floral patterns along the side. You also have the option to add the names in tiny fonts below the number. Because the event is a formal one, you have the option to place the card on a gold frame.