The wedding reception is a party centered on the commitment made between the bride and groom. By keeping guests relaxed and focused on this simple fact, a fun time will be had by all.
Despite the fact that the recent economic recession saw a downtrend in the wedding planning industry, it remains a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone ($47.5 billion to be precise). And little wonder: with the seemingly endless stream of details involved, planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience.
However, whether you are planning for a large or intimate wedding, in the middle of deciding about flowers and ice sculptures, it is best to remember that your wedding day should be about celebrating love and the beginning of a life together. Otherwise, it’s just another party.
Keep it Personal
In particular, the seating arrangement can be a cause of undue stress for the bride and groom. Seating Aunt Lydia next to Cousin Hank, who ran over her prize petunias in a summer long forgotten (except by Aunt Lydia), can be a recipe for disaster. However, random seating can be equally disastrous, with people shuffling around looking for open seats or accidentally taking someone else’s table.
One method of smoothing over potentially awkward or difficult moments among seating partners during the wedding reception is to give them something fun to do. Plan a table activity that will remind them that this day is about two people in love beginning their life together and not about a past best forgotten or at least set aside for the day.
Whenever possible, choose narrow rectangular tables over large round ones. A big round table discourages conversation with people on the opposite end. Seated along a narrow rectangular table however, your guests can talk to people on either side of them, the person in front of them, as well as the people on either side of this person. Be sure to seat your guests in comfortable, attractive seating like padded chiavari or banquet chairs. A wedding reception can last for three or four hours; that’s a long time to be fidgeting in an uncomfortable position.
A wedding reception is a special celebration. Keep it festive, keep it centered on the bride and groom, and keep your guests relaxed. There is no better way to end a long day and begin a new life together.
About the Author:
Beth is an Atlanta based writer who enjoys covering topics like event planning, home improvement, and pet care. She writes on behalf of Classroom Essentials Online, a family owned and operated business that offers a wide range of beautiful chiavari chairs for sale.