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Creating the Dreaded Guest list seating

Today’s Bride & Groom can be combining multi cultural traditions, races, customs, and religions with different wedding protocols, social & economic backgrounds.

After everyone has agreed to type of the wedding ceremonies that will take place. If it is 1 ceremony or 2 ceremonies that will take place over a 2-3 day period.


Wedding planning comes with two hugely yucky tasks: creating the guest list and arranging the reception seating. If you are combing multi cultural families & traditions you have a daunting task ahead. Hopefully, this article will help you better cope with the latter

While there is no way to keep everyone happy, hopefully you can maneuver around some major pitfalls.

1. Family
Run your final seating chart by both families. I’m mentioning this first, because it is incredibly important. Cultures outside of the US have different priorities: weddings are not ALL about the couple, family plays a major role. Your parents may be really close to relatives you don’t really know and may want them seated closer to their own tables. Plus, your parents will know the social norms in your community.

2. Back Tables/Tables by DJ/Tables by Kitchen
Occupy these tables with people you ‘had’ to invite: coworkers, people you used to be good friends with, neighbors, people that invited your parents to weddings, etc.

3. No Castaways
If you have a group of friends and don’t have space to seat them all on one table, don’t castaway just one or two to a table full of strangers. That’s just rude. Instead, divide your friends equally amongst the two tables and fill any extra seats with close cousins. I know a couple that made this mistake last summer, and their castaways were annoyed enough to leave early.

4. Singles Tables
Don’t have them. Do not play matchmaker.

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