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How to seat guests at the wedding

To make the wedding of your dreams become a pleasant memory for you and your guests, pay attention to the delicate and very urgent task today – how to seat guests at the Banquet. It is important not only to create a friendly atmosphere at the table, but also to help members of the two families to get acquainted and become related. There are many of the most common Seating arrangements.
“I’m getting married!!!!”–enthusiastically you shout into the tube, and on the other end your friend has goose bumps on the back and widen the eyes. And so, in the maelstrom of pre-wedding preparation you spend long happy hours with friends, discussing the details of the upcoming celebration. Many times mentally try on luxurious wedding dresses, dreaming how everyone gasps when they see you. Imagine how the ceremony will take place and how fun the Banquet will be.
The importance of the correct location of guests at the table
Guests at the wedding table remembering their wedding, I can not resist a slight disappointment. In General, the celebration was wonderful, and in preparing for the event, we all seem to have taken into account. But there was a fly in the ointment. Here, imagine this picture: a huge, decorated with all the rules of the hall, excellent serving, delicious food and a lot of festive guests. Beauty! But not all so rosy. Our holiday was boring and crumpled it went to “no”. And despite the culinary delights and the toastmaster’s efforts to cheer us up, the guests did not walk until midnight, and when it got dark under various pretexts went home! What is the problem and why the wedding of my dreams was sad and boring?! I will try to shed light on this situation. In our case, we did not pay enough attention to the Seating of guests at the Banquet: grandmothers sat next to young friends of the groom, and girlfriends, dreaming to find a mate among the single guests, lived side by side with married couples with children. For some reason this nuance did not occur to us. And for good reason!
To make the wedding of your dreams become a pleasant memory for you and your guests, pay attention to this delicate and very urgent task today – how to seat guests at the Banquet. Suggest already when compiling the list of invitees to jot down a rough plan of the Seating arrangement. Spread out on the table wedding invitations and try to imagine who and with whom of the guests will be fun and interesting together. It is necessary not only to create a friendly atmosphere at the table, but also to help members of the two families to get acquainted and become related. There are many Seating arrangements, here are a few of them.
Traditional Seating arrangement
The newlyweds are placed at the head of the table, with the bride sitting to the right of the groom. On the right hand from bride’s – its mother and father bridegroom. Respectively, on left hand from bridegroom-his mother and father bride’s. However, now this rule is almost not adhered to and next to the young are witnesses, because during the wedding they will help around the newlyweds. Then all the guests are seated depending on the age and the degree of their relationship to the bride or groom. A small note: men should sit to the left of the ladies.
As for the important guests of the event, for example, it may be the head of your newly-made husband, he should not be placed “in the gallery”. And you should definitely take care of a pleasant environment for him. So that the terrible Ivan Ivanovich would not get bored in the company of your aunt from the village of Krasnaya Gorka or your brother, a teenager, fond of hard rock.
European (English and Italian version)
In contrast to the accepted in our country, the European scheme-it is usually a few small tables (6-8 people), located around the table of the newlyweds.
European scheme of arrangement of wedding tables
In the Italian version of the table the bride and groom put on a small hill, and guests are located at tables for 4 people around the table of the newlyweds. The advantages of this scheme include the fact that at the same table have either members of the same family, or friends, or guests of the older generation, so that they had something to talk about. But this method has another, not profitable side of the coin. The celebration may not be interesting, because the possibility of communication and Dating between guests from other tables is reduced, as not every guest will walk from table to table. I recommend readers Mirsovetov in such a scheme to enlist the help of Toastmasters and to consider various options for guests to explore and their involvement in the contests and congratulations. By the way, in the European version it is necessary to arrange the tables so that guests can see the bride and groom, and also need to provide a place for dancing.
American scheme
This option involves several long tables with treats, where each guest chooses for himself what dish he likes best. This option resembles a buffet or buffet. This principle is widely used in all-inclusive hotels. The advantages of this option in the free choice of dishes and the amount eaten. Cons are also obvious: self-service welcome not all, and who, say, want to run around the room with a plate or stand in line for vending salad?
T, P, W – and other letters of the alphabet
These principles of arrangement of guests at the wedding table are widely used in our country. The letter t is accepted to seat guests if the celebration takes place at home or a Banquet hall of small size. In this embodiment, the invitees usually not a lot (20-25).
Scheme Seating guests at the wedding
If the number of guests to the wedding ranges between 30-50 th preferably put tables letter P, and for 60 or more guests-the letter sh.
Scheme Seating guests at the wedding
Scheme Seating guests at the wedding
Information for guests
So, with the Seating chart seems to be figured out, and now think about how this information is to inform invited. There are several tested options:
on tables (chairs) put cards with names of guests;
make a plan to accommodate guests at the wedding table (can be colorful) and hang it in front of the Banquet hall;
charge to seat guests to the special assistant (the friend or the girlfriend);
for the European version is suitable plan indicating the place of the guest and assigning him a number. At the entrance to the hall invited will need to give their numbers;
in invitations to the wedding indicate the number of seats or table at which the guest will sit and correlate it with the plan at the entrance to the Banquet hall.
Some useful tips:
Guests at the wedding table
Men and women are better seated alternately, with the men sitting to the left of the women.
Divorced friends are better not to invite to the wedding together. But if this cannot be avoided, seat them at different ends of the table and warn them that they are both invited.
Guest who came without a pair, pick up a single free companion and do not place it with married couples.
Friends or colleagues at work is also undesirable to seat next, and it may happen that they will communicate only with each other, ignoring the other guests.
If you have at the table are dignitaries, they prefer to sit closer to the newlyweds, expressing respect and reverence to them.
It is necessary to introduce to each other previously unknown people who have received seats next to each other.
Merry-go-lucky and the ringleaders place at different ends of the table.
Make sure that the neighbors at the table was interesting together.
Guests from the bride and groom should be placed so that they can get to know each other.
Merry celebration!

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