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How to Assign Guests to Tables

If you're a bride or groom, you've probably spent a lot of time planning every detail of your big day. You've made sure that the decorations are just right and that your wedding dress fits perfectly. It's also likely that you've given a lot of thought to how to assign guests to tables at your reception. While this may seem like a no-brainer task, there are some things you should keep in mind when deciding who sits where at your wedding:

One of the first things you need to consider when making your seating arrangement is if you are going to assign seats or assign tables. Assigning tables, goes as far as grouping your guests and then assigning them as a group to a certain table. Assigning seats goes a further step, and you will have to decide where exactly EACH person will be sitting at every table. Both options have their benefits, so it's up to you to decide how formal or relaxed you want your table assignments to be.

Knowing which guests to put at certain tables is not as intimidating as it seems. Once your RSVP list is finalized begin to start grouping guests based off common similarities. Common groups are typically: Family, Mutual and Work Friends. Once your groups are established, then begin to subgroup based off common interests. For example: You might want to keep your parents and grandparents together, but sit your cousins at a separate table.

Another thing to consider when grouping guests is personalities. Knowing who (and who not) to put near each other is a great way to keep your guests engaged throughout the night! Your college friends might have more in common with your cousins instead of your great aunts, so consider putting them near each other. On the other hand, if you know some guests are partiers and will most likely have several drinks through the evening, put them closer to the bar.

We hope you've gained some insight on how to assign wedding guests to a table. Do you have any questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below!


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