Ask Kate: Table Plans

August 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


What is the ‘proper’ way to organize table plans?


Sorting out the seating plan is not an easy task. Tact and a good knowledge of the guests is vital. It is also worth remembering that weddings can be a reunion for friends and relations who normally do not have an opportunity to meet.

The layout of your tables is a personal choice. Some like the idea of an elongated top table, where extensions are added at either end, set at right angles to the top table. Guests can be seated on both sides of these side tables. Alternatively, individual round tables can be arranged for the guests. You should discuss the layout of the tables with the hotel staff or
catering firm and agree the seating plan well in advance. On the day, the seating plan can be placed on an easel for the guests to see as they come in for the meal and there should be corresponding place cards on the tables. If
you’ve got a lot of guests, set up several easels so that everyone can check their seat number easily without causing a crowd to build up.

You’ll find our interactive table planner in the planning tools section of the site.

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