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Frequent user November 2017 Ontario

Who sits where?

Chris, on February 23, 2017 at 08:52 Posted in Wedding reception 0 7
For obvious reasons I have to group those that don't speak English at the same table.
One would then put extended family together at one table so not to separate aunts, uncles, cousins etc.
Here is my question ....we have an array of friends who don't know each other. We have colleagues, friends we met through travel, old friends, new friends, neighbours, gym friends, close friends of my parents, sports friends etc. Do I group them to sit together as the small groups know each other? Do I mix it up as are doing a destination wedding so people will mix and mingle the week anyway and it gives them opportunity to meet others? Do I group them by age range or by who I think would be paired best with each other?


Latest activity by Simone, on February 25, 2017 at 08:58
  • Simone
    Master August 2017 Manitoba
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    I agree with what's been said, I would have the seating arranged by common interests.
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  • Carolyne
    Super June 2018 Quebec
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    I would say put them in commun interest table! So even if tey don't really know each other there is somethink to take about.
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  • Samtam
    VIP November 2016 British Columbia
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    I would say to put them at tables where they know other people or where they have common interests. One of my husband's friends didn't know anyone else at the wedding but we have a group of outgoing friends that we volunteer with that are super friendly and so we put him at their table and they all got along great and totally welcomed him into the group! For some of our family friends/my mom's friends, it was a little difficult but I asked my mom what she thought, she was able to say "Oh those people are originally from the same place so you should sit them together." I had totally forgotten so I appreciated having her input.

    If you don't have enough of one group to fill a full table, you could combine a couple groups. I sat my friends from high school and my friends from college at the same table so they knew some people and could meet some new people as well.

    People can always move tables after dinner so if they didn't get to sit with someone they wanted to, they can move later in the night and hang out with them then.

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  • Chelsea
    Master August 2017 Ontario
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    I tried to keep my friends at tables with other people they might know. I have a table of co-workers and so I put them all at a table together, my friends at a table, and then my FH's friends at a table and his co-workers at a table. For the wedding party, I tried to keep their dates at the same table!
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  • Natasha
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    I am going to try and mix and mingle the tables a little with common likes and interest amongst my guests so that way everyone can and will hopefully eventually interact with everyone at the wedding .... i think it will be fun and interesting to see everyone meeting and having a great time together !

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  • Valerie
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    I sat our groups of friends with people they might have some things in common with (for example FH has a friend in a band, and I sat him next to his friend he met in a song-writing group because they could talk music). There's not really RULE for this... you just try and do the best to sit people who may get along beside eachother since you know everyone and might have some insight on commonalities

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  • Emilie
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    Hi Kris! Smiley heart I'm so happy you're reaching out about this! After making the guest list, finding out where and with whom they should sit is probably one of the hardest task Smiley laugh I think it's a good idea to sit people who already know each other together. Then I think it's a good idea to mix people who have similar interests and similar age group together. They will have time to get to know each other during the week and that's amazing! You can also do escort cards instead of place cards so they can choose next to whom they'll sit at the table. You can take a look at these discussions for ideas:

    Escorts cards vs. place cards

    What seating style will you choose for your reception?

    Will you tables be round or square?

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