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Drawing Up the Seating Plan


 

Every couple dreams of being the perfect host and seating your guests can be delicate business whether it is for an exclusive party of 50 or a larger guest crowd of 500. As you gather your RSVPs, here are some essentials to consider when planning your guests’ seating.


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EVERYONE HAS A SEAT
Your wedding venue must be able to accommodate your guest count. For large receptions, always buffer for seats for extra 10 to 20 guests for last-minute RSVPs.

DECIDE SEATING FORMAT
Should you select round or long tables? Round tables, typical in Chinese wedding dinners, facilitate greater group interaction, and invite a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Long tables, on the other hand, are more space efficient and great for formal dinners.

RESERVE TABLE FOR HONOURED GUESTS
The VIP table is reserved for the bride and groom, and their immediate families. Distinctly styled and elaborately decorated, this table is usually positioned prominently near the stage or in the middle of the function area.

GROUP YOUR GUESTS
The rest of the guests are seated with relatives nearest the VIP table, followed by friends and colleagues. Typically, guests invited by the bride and her family are seated on the left side of the room, while those invited by the groom and his family are on the right.

As a rule of thumb, seat families together at the same table, and their relations at adjacent tables. Similarly, friends and colleagues from the same school or office should be seated together.

You can also seat people who share similar backgrounds, interests, or similar age groups together. There is a high probability they will “speak the same language”.

“SIGN” LANGUAGE
Besides a guest list available at the reception table, table numbers are highly recommended and place cards are a nice additional touch. These signs will help ushers to show the guests to their tables or to their assigned seats respectively.

LEAVE SPACE FOR HUMAN TRAFFIC
During reception, there will inevitably be a fair amount of interactivity among guests between tables and across the room. You may wish to visit each table to greet your guests. So, in trying to fit in as many tables into the room, do allow for sufficient ‘walking’ space between tables. 




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