Working out your seating plan for your wedding reception is one of those tasks which couples usually leave to the last minute often putting it in the too-hard basket. Creating your seating plan can be like putting a puzzle together but with a little help from our Wedding Planning Team and following these three simple tips, you’ll have your seating plan sorted in no time. Before you get stuck into working out who goes where, the Wedding Planning Team at Gabbinbar Homestead will be on-hand to help you determine the best seating style for the reception venue you choose. Whether it’s banquet style seating or round tables, we’ll help you work out the best option which is not only practical but creates the atmosphere you want as well.
1. Start early – Don’t leave it until the night before.
Don’t be that couple who is up late the night before at the kitchen table still working out their seating plan. Make sure you get started at least 2 weeks before your wedding so all that needs to be done the days before your big day are some minor tweaks.
2. Break it down – It’s time to say hello to Excel.
It’s time to break out your Excel skills. Some of you may have a love/hate relationship with Excel but trust us it will make things a whole lot easier. First of all, insert a column into your guest list document categorizing all the invitees by relationship ie. Your friends, your family, your partner's friends, your partner's family, your family friends, your partner's family friends and so on. This will allow you to easily sort the list and break it down into more logical table arrangements. Finally, all you'll need to do is separate these lists into distinct tables.
3. Create a paper trail – If you’re a visual person, this one’s for you.
If you’re a visual person and like to see everything laid out in front of you then grab a large sheet of paper and draw rectangles or circles depending on what style of tables you’ve chosen. Then write each guest’s name on a sticky note and place them accordingly. It’s important to know how many people comfortably fit on one table. Don’t worry the Wedding Planning Team at Gabbinbar Homestead can help you work out how many people can fit at each table (without that awkward rubbing of elbows).