Choose your seating plan format!
While many One Curious Dream Wedding Planning clients use post-it notes to plan their wedding seating plan, many of my clients also prefer digital methods, such as an excel spreadsheet or word document. In addition, there are some fantastic online apps that you can track changes and update on the go, which appeals to anybody with a busy lifestyle – you!
The next stage is to confirm how many people you can sit at each of the tables you’ve hired or come with your venue. Table sizes vary for each wedding event, but as a general rule, 72″ round tables will seat 10 to 12 wedding guests, and 60″ round tables will seat 8 to 10 guests. Rectangular tables will usually seat six guests, whilst 8′ banquet tables will generally seat eight guests. Do check with your wedding planner, wedding hire co, or wedding venue, though!
Planning the seating plan!
Now we’re into trickier territory! This is where you are going to start seating your wedding guests in their respective seats. I always advise my wedding planning couples to seat their guests in order of importance. I know you love all of your wedding guests, but let’s be honest, Geoff from your fiance’s office that you’ve met once doesn’t deserve the same ranking as your bridesmaid, does he?When it comes to creating your top table, anything goes. Although, traditionally, it would include both parents and at least some bridal party, don’t be afraid to break the rules. Lots of One Curious Dream couples are now opting for sweetheart tables to keep things incredibly simple.
Communicate with your wedding event planner!
Once you’ve completed your seating plan, you’ll need to share this with your wedding planner, wedding venue and wedding stylist. It’s also worth creating a sketch of the wedding breakfast space with where you would like each specific table to be placed. This is especially important if you’ve chosen table names rather than numbers.
As a wedding event planner, I’d usually work in number order (1 is closest to the top table) and if table names, in alphabetical order unless otherwise instructed. But, of course, if you’re working with a wedding planner, we’ll take care of these details for you anyway!
If you’d like to chat about the plans for your UK wedding, I’d love to hear from you! You can reach me on 0800 772 0765 or [email protected] or book a free, no-obligation wedding planning consultation here.
As an independent UK Wedding Planner, I’m not tied to recommending specific venues or suppliers, so you’ll always have access to the very best of the best across the industry, allowing us to produce a personal, unique wedding that’s designed just for you.