Musical chairs: planning your wedding’s seating chart

Posted on December 10, 2013

Seating charts may seem like a daunting part of the wedding prep process—after all, it involves choreographing all of your friends and family into groups such that everyone is satisfied and no one feels left out in the dust.

But they don’t have to be. Below we have a few great take-home tips that can help make the seating chart as fun as it should be.

The Rule of 50: It’s generally agreed if your guest list is over 50, it’s practically necessary for you to have a seating chart. Directing guests to a given table, makes them feel comfortable. Don’t feel assigning individual seats is required.

The ‘X’ Rule: If you are inviting divorced spouses or ex’s, it’s always best to be safe before sorry. Even if their friend groups collide, only place them at the same table if you’re absolutely sure they’re on good terms.

The ‘Old Fashioned’ Rule: Try the task by doing it by hand. Write out every guests names on cards and place them into groups. That way you can see if there are any less-desired groupings and fix accordingly.

The Matchmaker Rule: Have a couple of guests you think might hit it off? Go for it. It’ll be a great story on their wedding day.

The Kids Table Rule: The worst thing you can do to a single friend or family member is put them at the kids table. Avoid at all costs. At. All. Costs.

These rules aren’t to be lived by hard and fast, but simply guides. Each wedding is a unique event. All you can do is plan to the best of your ability and hope for the best!