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How To Seat Your Wedding Reception Guests

If you're having 75 guests or more and serving a seated meal, you'll want to make sure everyone's got a specific place to sit.

It's also helpful if you're serving several different entrée choices, because the caterer can figure out beforehand how many chicken, beef and vegetarian dishes a given table gets, because they know who's sitting there.

Read on for stress-free tips on how to seat your guests.

There are couples who've been at kitchen tables the night before the wedding just starting their seating chart.

This way, you'll be able to easily sort the list and break it down into more logical table assortments.

Now you'll need to separate these lists into distinct tables.

A traditional head table is not round, but long and straight, and it's generally set up along a wall, on risers, facing all the other reception tables.

Let your wedding party sit at a round reception table or two with each other and/or with their dates, and have a sweetheart table for the two of you.

Another option: You two sit with your parents and let that be the head table, with the wedding party at their own tables.

Traditionally, your parents and your partner's parents sit at the same table, along with grandparents, siblings not in the wedding party, and the officiant and their spouse if they attend the reception.

If your or your partner's parents are divorced and are uncomfortable about sitting next to each other, you might want to let each set of parents host their own table of close family and/or friends.

This could mean up to four parents' tables, depending on your situation-or have the divorced parent who raised you and their spouse/date sit at the table with still-married parents.

Think about these kinds of relationships before you even start making your chart, so you can take them into consideration in the first place and begin by seating Aunt Jane at table three and Aunt Lucy across the room at table 15.

All of your college or high school friends will be psyched to sit at a table together.


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