Keeping your seating charts fresh and fun

Seating plans at a wedding are no joke! A few years ago I was a guest at a celebration where half of the bride’s family were on frankly negative terms with one another, and several of the groom’s guests had fairly fraught connections between them as well. The happy couple had to use heavy diplomacy when coordinating the seating chart, but with luck and a bit of patience, they were able to avoid World War III from breaking out at the reception.

While each wedding requires special attention in this regard, couples at least have the liberty to have fun with the actual look of this key part of the post-ceremony meal.  With a bit of creativity, the way you present your seating chart can even be that little element that ties the whole affair’s theme perfectly together.

 

No need to be boring

Traditionally, table charts are printed on a board with the names carefully written in formal script. Indeed, as leaked photos from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding a few years back show, the tradition continues to be alive and well!

The standard table chart

The best presentations I’ve seen reflect the particular wedding’s theme, or match the couples’ personalities. At one wedding I helped organise around a Spanish theme, the wedding chart consisted of different ladies’ fans, one for each table, with the names written directly upon the folds. Another pair I know; she a literature professor, he a maths teacher, printed out the table settings on the front covers of books relating to their particular fields. The Age of Innocence and The Sun Also Rises grouped many of the bride’s guests, while the groom’s best mates’ names appeared listed on the cover of Tudor Economic Documents.

 

Forget the easel

Many couples feel obliged to present their table plan on an easel by the banquet room’s front entrance… but you don’t have to! Ensure your wedding will be memorable by presenting your table settings in unconventional manners.

Do it your way!

Having a rustic wedding in the countryside? Feel free to use nature as your easel, and hang individual cards listing each table’s occupants from a tree. Indoors? String a wire over each table and clip photos of each one’s guests onto it. The possibilities are endless and the look, totally original.

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