Table Seating Plans
When thinking about your wedding reception, it’s a good idea to get started on your seating plan at least a couple of weeks before the special day, and have most of it done with a week to spare for final changes. Last-minute changes could include adding new guests or people dropping out.
Plan the layout of the room first and consider speeches, cake cutting, photography and easy access for caterers and then get started on the seating arrangements.
Who sits at the Top Table?
By tradition, the top table will be oblong and facing towards the room. In modern times, you are not obliged to have your families sitting with you on the top table (particularly if there are challenging family politics to consider) and therefore you may wish to alter the following customary layout:
Facing the Table, from Left to Right:
Chief Bridesmaid, Father of the Groom, Mother of the Bride, Groom, Bride, Father of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Best Man.
Making the table seating plan: