A Wedding Venue Dressing Guide to Table Plans

//A Wedding Venue Dressing Guide to Table Plans

A Wedding Venue Dressing Guide to Table Plans

Table Plans Are An Important Part of Wedding Venue Dressing

One of the most important jobs when it comes to wedding planning is deciding on the table plan. Whether you are little Miss organised or you have a little more cavalier attitude towards organisation, one thing you should be aware of is that you seating plan needs to be ordered correctly – you cannot go rogue! You may not be aware, but there are a wide range of factors that can affect your seating plan but don’t panic – we are one of the leading wedding venue dressing companies in Cheshire, and we know a thing or two about seating plans. So here are our top tips to keep in mind to ensure that everything runs smoothly on your special day:

Top Table

This can be one of the trickiest decisions you will make on your wedding day – who to include on your top table. There isn’t an infinite number of seats obviously, but there may be a large number of people that you feel like you want to include. Things can get tricky if you are part of a stepfamily, for example, if both your parents have new partners then you have four parents to seat just on your side alone. And what about your maid of honour who you have known since you were two, where should her boyfriend sit if she is sitting at the top table? If you are really struggling to work out who to put where, why not think outside the box and do something different to the ‘traditional’ top table? You could adopt the American tradition of having the bride and groom sitting on a table on their own, or you could still have a table with your close family and friends on but keep it the same size and shape as the other tables, so that it doesn’t stand out and everyone feels they are on a level playing field.

Top Table Placement

Even if you do away with the traditional idea of a top table, the table where the bride and groom are sat is still important as the speeches will all be made from this table. This means that the table with the bride and groom on needs to be situated in a central point so that everyone can hear what is happening. After all, it wouldn’t be a wedding if your elderly relatives didn’t give the best man disapproving looks during his jokes!

Table Size

Table size is very important to consider when it comes to dressing your venue as it will have an influence on the wedding breakfast atmosphere. If you have lots of big tables, for example, you will tend to get a livelier atmosphere as everyone chat’s together, whereas smaller tables will create a more intimate feeling.

Table Decoration

We can’t talk about table size without talking about table decoration – after all, as a company concerned with dressing venue’s this is our forte! Now, what do table decorations have to do with seating plans, you may wonder. Well, let’s have a think about it. If you have huge centrepieces that are stuffed with large florals, peacocks feathers and so on, they will, of course, look amazing and bring gasps of ‘wow’ from your guests, but the minute they sit down they will start to get irritated. Have you ever sat at a table where you are trying to have a conversation through sprigs of foliage and florals? It can really take the shine off things, can’t it?

To Mingle or Not to Mingle?

This can be a real headache when it comes to seating plans, do you want to keep all of your friends together or do you want to encourage people to mingle? Maybe have a compromise and put two groups of friends on one table so they have familiar faces to chat to, but can also meet new people as well.

Be Free

Now, we are not suggesting you do away with the seating plan altogether, after all, we have stressed how important it is, but how about being a bit more relaxed about it. Instead of deciding exactly where everyone will sit on their allocated table, just assign them a table and then let them sit where they like on that particular table. This will give a more relaxed and less ceremonial feel to the reception, and also saves you hours of work wondering whether Great Aunt Elizabeth would rather sit next to your cousin Lisa or your brother’s girlfriend.


Now, some people choose to have kid free weddings, and that is great. But if you choose to have Kids at your wedding, it can be a good idea to distribute them evenly across the tables with their parents. We have seen some weddings where all the kids are placed on one table, but they can tend to get a bit over-excited when this happens, so it can be a lot less fraught to keep them with their parents, for the meal at least. Perhaps think about hiring a candy cart or buffet to keep them entertained in the evening? They can then be rewarded for good behaviour! (If the adults leave them any sweets!)

For more tips on wedding venue dressing, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuesylist.com

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