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Seating Chart

I am working on finalizing my seathing chart and have all of our friends on one side of the room and all of our family on the other side...is this what most people did or should I try to break up the friend and family sides a little bit more?-
Any one have any helpful advice??

Thanks!!

Re: Seating Chart

  • Ditto Cfas.  My family and H's family pretty much each fit at two tables, and then friends were set up between them so there was a lot of mingling.
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  • I sat like with like at tables...but my question is should i put a friend table next to a family table etc.. or sit all the friend tables on one side of the room and the family tables on the other side... is there a negative to doing this that I'm not thinking of...
  •   It is fine if your friends tables and family tables are all close together. It is most likely that friends, even if they aren't at the same table, will talk to other friends, and family to family.
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  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_seating-chart-6?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:961fbccb-7f17-49ed-88c9-e9ccb5dcaf81Post:551a32d5-268a-4052-80e4-101552ee9aad">Re: Seating Chart</a>:
    [QUOTE]I sat like with like at tables...but my question is should i put a friend table next to a family table etc.. or sit all the friend tables on one side of the room and the family tables on the other side... is there a negative to doing this that I'm not thinking of...
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    It depends on your family and friends. I know my H's friends can be a little loud and rowdy sometimes and I know my older aunts would not have appreciated being right next to them all night. You just need to look at each group and make sure they would be okay.
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  • I haven't done seating yet, but I will probably have tables of my family together, tables of his family together, and friends together.  A table of my cousins would probably want to chat a bit with a table of second cousins from that side of my family, so it makes sense to put their tables closer than say my cousins and FI's family friends.  I am thinking we'll try to organize by age a bit, so our friends and cousins will be in the same general area, etc. 
  • yes I think a friend side of the room and a family side is fine.  that is kind of how ours will work out. For the reason mentioned above.

    Our friends dont just fit at one table so they will have people they know at a table nearby.  My parents want to be near all the extended family so their tables will be next to each other.


    Besides all the weddings I have been to without assigned seating that is how it ended up naturally so don't fret about it.
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  • We pretty much did what Matilda said. I knew some people would annoy the crap out of others, so we did our best to not seat them near each other. And we mixed the sides of the rooms with the two families. We just tried seating the same families at the same tables so no one felt out of place or didn't have someone to talk with.

    And after dinner, everyone left their seats and were outside chatting on the patio, having drinks at the bar or talking with the bride and groom.
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    The tables at our reception surrounded the dance floor.  If our sweetheart table was at 12 o'clock, the band was at 6, my parents and closest family at 9-11, his parents and closest relatives at 1-4, so we were split into the two sides.
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