Monday, 24 January 2011

Table Planning for Your Guests ...

I've been lucky enough to have made some wonderful friends and connections on Twitter. One of them is a great guy called Adam who has a fabulous little seating plan tool to help you with your wedding reception seating chart (or for any other party or event to be honest!) He also has another fabulous site all about wedding insurance. Be sure to check both sites out!

Adam has been kind enough to share with me (and of course all of you reading this) his top tips when it comes to table plans ...

Toptableplanner’s Top Seating Plan Tips

It’s widely recognised that working out who is going to sit where at your reception can often be one of the hardest and most time consuming parts of planning a wedding.

Many couples leave it until the last minute, often the week before the big day, and it’s only then that they realise how complicated family and friend politics can be.  Auntie Flo can’t sit anywhere near Auntie Doris because they had an argument 10 years ago and it’s never been resolved. Your friends Ruth and Debbie should really sit together but their husbands don’t really have much to say to each other.  And that’s only just the beginning.

However, here are some great tips that should help you to put your seating plan together as quickly as painlessly as possible.

Groups: Start with the obvious groups – friends, family, colleagues etc. Get them seated where you can first and you’ll probably find you’ve got 75% of your seating plan sorted already.

Funny numbers: What if you have 10 family members but tables that only seat 8? Don’t have a full table of 8 and another with just one family couple, instead split them into two 5s and seat with close friends.

Single guests: Never use your seating plan as an opportunity to match make – it’ll be really obvious! Instead sit singles with other people they know and leave the rest to fate!

Top table: If the traditional top table layout doesn’t work for you, don’t panic. No one is forcing you to stick with tradition so do whatever works best for you. You can find some top table ideas here

Start early: Don’t leave your seating plan until the week before the wedding. You can get started even before any RSVP's have come back as there’s bound to be plenty of friends and family you’re certain will be coming anyway. That leaves you plenty of time to re-arrange your plan as a result of the inevitable last minute cancellation.

Software: These days computer software is available to help with arranging seating plans. Online tools such as Toptableplanner can be a great time saver and because it’s a web-based tool, you can access and edit your plans from any PC, even at work!

You can contact Adam through his website or by email:

Don't forget you can ask any questions or leave comments in the box below! 
Until next time ...

PS: Thanks so much for your great tips and advice on table planning, Adam!

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