How to Plan Wedding Table Seating

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When you’re planning the reception for your wedding, there are some details you’ll have to consider. From the decorations to the seating arrangements, the reception requires some organization ahead of time. If you’re wondering how to plan wedding table seating, you’ll find that it can be a lot easier than you might think. 

Wedding Table Seating Tips

First, you’ll need to start with getting your RSVP confirmations in order so that you know how many guests are for sure coming to the wedding. Then, as you begin to plan your seating arrangements, don’t forget about where you and your new spouse will sit, as well as everyone in your wedding party.

It’s helpful to have a visual when planning your wedding seating arrangements, especially for larger events. Get a poster board and sticky notes or tags, write all your guests names on them, and organize everyone into groups based on your table arrangements.

How to Plan Wedding Table Seating

Determine the floor plan and table occupancy. Your floor plan will depend on your venue space and the type of table you choose to have at your reception. Once you have solidified these details, you will know exactly how many people will fit at each table and your wedding’s total capacity. Know whether there is flexibility in your table settings as well as the maximum number of people who can sit at each table.

Start with close family and friends. Sometimes it’s easiest to start with your closest family members and friends, first planning where your bridal party will sit. Some couples choose to do a sweetheart table while others want to sit with those standing next to them at the ceremony. Start by planning where parents, grandparents, and siblings will sit, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.

Seat people in groups. Have you ever been to a wedding where you didn’t know anyone? It can be much more fun when you get to mingle with people you know. When you’re planning seating arrangements, make sure that guests know who they are sitting with – as well as you can! Knowing that sometimes people may have to make friends during dinner. 

Plan Your Wedding at Historic Acres of Hershey

If you’re planning a wedding, Historic Acres offers various venue spaces for groups of all sizes. Contact our team to learn more about our spaces and available dates.