Once you book your venue and get your table décor locked in, you might start to ponder if you should have a seating arrangement for the reception or even the ceremony. Traditionally, the Brides family and guest sits on the left facing the alter and the Grooms family and guest sits on the right side during the ceremony. After the knot is tied and you two become one, during the reception you can opt to assign seats for your guest or have them sit wherever they like.
A few reasons to let your guest decide where they want to sit are based solely on your preference. Some couples decide that it’s too much unnecessary hassle to create seating charts plus at that point you’ll be family, pick a sit and not a side. This will allow your guest the freedom to enjoy the reception from their preferred vantage point. Keep in mind, even if you don’t have assigned seats, you should still create an updated wedding RSVP list with the names of individuals that have confirmed they’ll be in attendance for the wedding. This will allow all guests to be accounted for and everyone will have a seat as long as they have returned their RSVP in a timely manner.
If you decide to have a seating chart, there are always cute ways to display the seating chart. Think about the guest that you’re inviting and their personalities, relationship status, and even professions. You might not want to have your 25 year old, single cousin that likes to party, sitting next to your fiancés uncle and aunt that have been married 30 years and are more calm individuals. When deciding on whom to put at each table, put your single friends with his single friends and your childhood friend who loves Art, with your college best friend that majored in graphic design. You’ll want everyone to enjoy their company at the table and during the cocktail hour of mixing and mingling; they’ll find that they have common interest.