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Wedding reception seating is one of those lingering tasks on your wedding reception to-do list. Never leave the seating assignment for last minute. Arguments and headaches over where to put relatives that don’t get along can be a nightmare. Take a seat and follow our guide to make wedding reception seating an easy task.

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Take a seat and follow our guide to make wedding reception seating an easy task.

Plan Wedding Reception Seating Early

Whatever you do, don’t start planning a wedding seating chart the day before your wedding. Start early and talk with relatives to find out how far Aunt Edna needs to stay away from Grandpa Joe to keep them from having those political fights and causing a scene. This is also a great time to think about pairing family and friends together who you know will get along well.

Low Tech Circles

Go low-tech and draw some circles on big sheets of paper. Then write your guests’ names on sticky notes and place the names in circles, moving them around until you get the seating arrangement you desire. Then take a photo of the arrangement so you have it with you at all times.

High Tech Spreadsheet

Using a spreadsheet, add columns that categorize all of your invites by their relationship. When you sort lists into friends, family and so forth, it’s easier to break down seating arrangements that make sense.

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Whatever you do, don’t start planning a wedding seating chart the day before your wedding.

Seating for How Many?

How many people can comfortably sit at a table? It depends but here are some guidelines to follow:

  • For round tables, the fewest people you want per 60” tables are six and the most you want is eight per table. Everyone deserves some elbow room.
  • For rectangular tables, the most common size for tables is 6’ by 30”. These tables seat six to eight people depending on the size of the end caps.

Make sure your seating chart leaves enough room for people to walk between tables and get in and out of their seats comfortably.

Are You Planning a Head Table?

Are you and your partner social butterflies that want to sit in and among your guests? Do you want to sit at a table for two? Wedding couples typically sit in the middle of the room if they decide to sit among their friends and family. If you want a head table, those usually are stationed upfront. Head tables can be just the happy couple in a cozy sweetheart table or the couple can sit along with the wedding party in a long table.

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The Roberts Centre venue can make sure everything looks as perfect as your wedding reception seating plan.

Planning for Parents

Typically, your parents and your fiancée’s parents are placed at the same table, along with grandparents and siblings that aren’t in the wedding party. If your parents are divorced and there are issues with placing certain family members together, break the mold and move them around. It’s your special day and you can do what you want.

Play Matchmaker

If you have siblings or college buddies that you know would make a perfect match with someone else coming to the wedding, this is your big chance. You have the seating chart power to be the love doctor. Use that power to put compatible matches and friends next to potential soul mates.

Plan Your Wedding

If you are playing musical chairs with wedding reception seats, you’re in the throes of wedding planning. The Roberts Centre’s professional wedding event  specialists can help you plan the wedding and the wedding reception of your dreams with the best wedding package that works for you. Our wedding event specialists can help you with all of the details, making sure everything looks as perfect as your wedding reception seating plan. Contact The Roberts Centre today at (937) 283 -3272 to schedule an appointment to discuss your picture-perfect wedding today.

About Roberts Centre

Roberts Centre is home to the region's largest convention center, a luxurious Holiday Inn hotel, and Max & Erma's Restaurant. The flexibility of our space, combined with our location between three major cities in Ohio, makes us the perfect venue for weddings, banquets, meetings, pet shows, and other special events.

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