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Reception Seating How-Tos

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If there’s anything we’ve learned it is that people at receptions and all other larger events like to know where they're sitting -- not only that, but also that the host took the time to choose where and who they should sit with. The Columbus Photo Booth Company loves the fact that we get to visit many different receptions and events - we have the most fun job ever! But we’ve come to learn that the best receptions are ones that are well thought out and property planned for (for the guests and the host!) 

We wanted to dig into the art and creative minds that are behind the seating charts. At Columbus Photo Booth Company we have seen the most interesting and unique ideas in the industry. Our very most favorite are the ones that are the most personalized. Like our photo strips, we always like to see the personal touches. We talk with your guests and hear what they love and don’t love. As it is the peak of wedding season we thought this blog very appropriate. We agree with our friends at TheKnot.com on their 5 List of How-To’s as it is alligned with what we hear your guests and fellow wedding planners say.


1. Start Early

Sure, it's fine to make last-minute changes, but try to get the chart mostly done at least a week before the big day.


2. Hit the Keys


Create a new spreadsheet. If you haven't already, insert a column into your guest list document categorizing all the invitees by relationship: bride's friend; bride's family; groom's friend; groom's family; bride's family friend; groom's family friend. This way, you'll be able to easily sort the list and break it down into more logical table assortments. Now you'll need to separate these lists into distinct tables.


3. Create a Paper Trail


If you're feeling more low-tech, draw circles (for tables) on a big sheet of paper and write names inside them (make sure you know how many people can comfortably be seated at each). Or you could write every guest's name on a post-it to place accordingly.


4. Head Up the Head Table


A traditional head table is not round, but long and straight, and it is generally set up along a wall, on risers, facing all the other reception tables. It may even have two tiers if your wedding party is large. Usually the bride and groom sit smack-dab in the middle (where everyone can see them). Decide to seat this way, or plan a sweetheart table for a little one-on-one time.


5. Switch Things Up


But you don't have to do it that way. All the maids can sit on the bride's side, all the groomsmen on the groom's. Or maybe you're not into being on display, or you don't want your wedding party to feel isolated from other guests. Let your wedding party sit at a round reception table or two with each other and/or with their dates/significant others, and have the head table be a sweetheart table for the two of you. (How romantic!) Another option -- you two sit with your parents and let that be the head table, with the wedding party at their own tables