Dos and Dont's of seating plans
We love seeing the ways in which people use slate to create their wedding table plans, so this blog shares some of our favourites we found on the internet, including my own from my wedding in 2015 at Sopley Mill.
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These simple table plan ideas are the perfect way to get your top table and your wedding seating chart under control. Follow these do's and don'ts and it will be sorted in no time!
DO find out how many tables you'll have and how many guests they sit before starting to work out your table plan.
DON'T split up couples if you can help it – most guests will prefer to sit with their partner.
DO have a children's table if you're having younger guests. Positioning it near the door can be a good idea so they can be taken out if they misbehave during the speeches.
DON'T even consider putting any awkward single friends on the children's table though – it's a safe bet they'll never forgive you!
DO mix and match guests. You don't have to place people in friendship groups if you think it might be cliquey.
DON'T struggle trying to work out your seating chart. Write everyone's names on post-it notes and move them around until you find an arrangement you like.
DO try to put at least a couple of people who know each other on each table – it'll help to kick-start conversation
DON'T forget to think about the top table seating plan. Traditionally this table should seat the bride, groom, the bride and grooms' parents, the best man and the chief bridesmaid, but you don't have to stick to this!
If you DO want to be traditional, the top table seating order runs from left to right as: chief bridesmaid; groom's father; bride's monther; groom; bride; bride's father; groom's mother; best man.