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Top Tips To Sitting Arrangements At Your Wedding

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

There are two parts of the wedding that needs to be considered where your guests are going to be sitting. The easiest part is at the ceremony the only decision is go traditional or not traditional, the hardest one is at the reception.

At the ceremony

This is the job role of the groom’s men; they need to help your guests to take them to their seats. Traditionally the bride’s guests sit on the left facing the alter and the groom’s guests sit to the right. Both wedding parties typically sit in the first row after processing down the aisle—if they are not standing up at the altar with you. Immediate family is seated just before the ceremony begins. Siblings (if they are not in the wedding party) are seated before grandparents and great-grandparents. Though you do not have to go tradition and give your grooms men a break on duties and you can let your guests sit where every they like to sit. So, it you can stick to tradition or mix it up.

At the reception

This part of the seating most couples say is the hardest part of the planning journey of the wedding. You have family members that may not be able to sit next each other, you have family members putting their two pence piece in the decision. So, this step in the planning can be normally put as the last thing to do as it is not a happy process. Traditionally, the newlyweds sit in the middle of the table, with the bride seated to the groom's right. Same-sex couples can feel free to seat themselves as they'd like. For a male/female pattern around the table, seat the best man next to the bride and the maid of honour next to the groom.

Traditionally, the bride and groom's parents sit at the same reception table, sometimes with the officiant and his or her spouse (if they attend the reception) or with your grandparents. If either of your parents is divorced, you will probably want to have each parent and his or her spouse host their own table. With divorced parents should not stand together in a receiving line. Both of your parents will want to sit in places of honour at your wedding reception, but neither should sit at the bridal table. Rather, each parent should host his or her own table.

So, you are at the stage where you are sorting out your table seating. With me I have a system (social tables) that can help with placing your guests at tables, with this if you would like me to help you with your seating plan all you will need to do is give me a list of your guests and what venue you are having your wedding at, all you need to do is put your guests in groups of family and friends, and my job is to do the hard work and place them on my programme. Any changes with guests not coming or added guest I do all the changes.

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Hope you enjoyed the read

Emma Louise x

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