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How to Create the Perfect Seating Chart for Your Wedding Reception

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You’ve said I do, and now it’s time to celebrate. But who do you picture sitting next to you and your groom?

Space planning your reception doesn’t have to result in pulling your hair out. “Some couples love the large head table with everyone included; others like an intimate sweetheart table with just the two of them,” says Laura Hendricks of StarDust Celebrations. “Other couples opt for a family table and celebrate their first meal with their parents and siblings.” If you do opt to have your bridal party with you, remember the plus ones—don’t separate dates.

Consider a sweetheart or family-only table if your bridal party is large. “I always recommend place cards for the head table; it makes for smooth seating with your VIPs,” Hendricks adds. “A place card will ensure that your maid of honor gets a seat next to you and not at the far end of the table next to a groomsman’s random date she’s never met.”

But what about your guests who aren’t coupled up? Hendricks still recommends the singles’ table, as people tend to be more social at weddings and mix with guests they may not already know—just remember to give a plus one to any guests who may not know anyone else at the wedding other than yourself.

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