One of the most dreaded tasks for any wedding couple is the concept of a reception seating chart. There are several pros and cons to this tradition and it’s easy to throw in the towel but it could also be a blessing in disguise!


The pros to a seating chart are more of a practical sense. You’re able to make sure every person who RSVPs to your wedding has a seat, which helps you with decorating and catering costs. Additionally, you can place guests where you think they’d be most comfortable or accommodate any special needs. As you are gearing up for your grand entrance as husband and wife, your guests will be comfortable knowing they have a seat and don’t have to scramble or stand off to the side.


As with anything, there are the disadvantages as well. Unless you know every detail of your guests’ lives and the details of all their relationships, your seating placement could be cause of a not-so-positive situation. Additionally, you are likely to have that “odd group” of people who are not a part of any group (such as family, college buddies, colleagues) but they are still important guests to you. No one enjoys that new kid feeling of not knowing anyone, but by placing these people together, they have something in common by not being common. The other disadvantage to a seating chart is if a guest brings someone extra and you quite literally do not have a place for them.

Whatever you decide will require patience, compromise and support from both parties. We recommend that regardless of open seating or assigned seating, you designate a table just for you and your wedding party so you don’t worry about where you will be on your special day!

If you need a little help along the way you can bounce over to Pinterest and check out reception seating charts.

Happy seating,

Big Box Pro Wedding Video


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