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What’s In and What’s Out with Guest Seating

Posted on October 27 by Sharon Naylor

Jennifer_Orsini_Creates_River_Rock_PlacecardsJennifer Orisini Events

When it comes to arranging your guest seating chart, you may be in for a difficult puzzle ahead. You want your guests to have a great time at your wedding, and maybe you want your friend to sit with some of the groom’s hottest guy friends. Or maybe there are relatives who aren’t speaking to one another, and you need to place their seats far apart. Or maybe you just want a seating arrangement that works in a weirdly-shaped wedding venue.

Here are the new What’s In and What’s Out trends for designing your guest seating charts.

 

Guest Seating Arrangements - New Jersey BrideFound on Etsy.com

What’s In:

Customizing with different sizes and shapes of tables, so that groups of 10 and groups of 14 can sit together.

What’s Out:

Trying to jam your guest list awkwardly into uniform 10-seater round tables (unless your site only has, and only allows, that seating option.)

What’s In:

His Side and Her Side guests combined throughout the room.

What’s Out:

His Side and Her Side guests seated opposite each other, with the dance floor in the middle.

What’s In:

Older guests seated by the dance floor, so that they can get right to it when they want to dance to a big band number or a Top 20 hit.

What’s Out:

Seating older guests in the far corners of the room, thinking they’ll be happier if they’re far away from the band or speakers.

 A Wedding At Mallard Island Yacht Club - New Jersey BridePatricia Doles Photography

What’s In:

Top-quality chairs at guest tables. The new rental chairs are works of art, sometimes clear, sometimes ornate, sometimes dressed with an ornamental ‘shrug’ fabric slipcover at the top.

What’s Out:

The cheapest plastic or wooden chairs you can find.

What’s In:

Lounge seating areas with rented couches and chairs, coffee tables, perhaps canopies above if placed outdoors in the sun.

What’s Out:

Expecting guests to sit at their tables all night, and mingle from table to table.

What’s In:

Bridal party members scattered around the room, sitting with their dates, spouses and friends and family.

What’s Out:

Bridal party members made to sit at your head table, with guys on one side and ladies on the other, or boy-girl.

 

Ariel and Matthew's Shabby Chic Wedding at The Mill at Spring Lake HeightsHeyn Photography

What’s In:

Creating gorgeous table number cards, since tables are now numbered for guests’ ease of locating where they’re sitting.

What’s Out:

Giving tables ‘cute’ names like Joy, Forever, Eternity, and other words. Guests have a hard time finding their place when they’re looking for words rather than numbers.

What’s In:

Lots of space for guests’ comfort. Tables are placed with plenty of room to move throughout the room, and run to the dance floor, and a 12-seater table is now arranged for 8 to 10 guests, giving them more elbow room and space for their drinks and dishes.

What’s Out:

Crowding guests at their tables, and having no room between tables for easy walking.

What’s In:

Kids sit with their parents.

What’s Out:

A chaotic kids’ table with no one supervising.

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