Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Should I Do A Seating Chart For My Wedding?

As a busy bride, we're sure the last thing you've been thinking about is a seating chart for all of your guests - but it's time to consider it. Sure, it's just one more thing to plan out, but is it actually worth the work involved? At Seven Springs Winery, we have a large banquet center that can seat up to 350 guests, so you'll need to decide whether it's worth it to invest time in your guests' seating plans or let the wing it. Here are a few ways you can decide whether a seating chart would be good for your wedding.

Do You Seat, Or Do You Not?

It can seem like a lot of work to make a seating arrangement, but there are actually some really great reasons to do so for some weddings. Here is a good way to decide if you should do it or not.

  • Do you have more than 100 guests invited?
  • Do you have guests from different areas and seasons of your life?
  • Do any of your guests have issues getting along?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to consider doing a seating arrangement, even if just table arrangements.

Seating Chart Benefits

While taking the time to do a seating arrangement may make you feel like a bit of a control freak - there are actually some great benefits to doing one. As the hostess of this large event, part of your job is to make your guests feel comfortable and ensure that they are having a great time. While we're sure you can come up with many reasons to NOT have one on your own, here are a few reasons you may want one.

You Can Arrange Guests Based on Interests

Your guests will likely be sitting at their table for a few hours, between appetizers, the meal, watching the wedding event proceed (like the dances, speeches, cake cutting, and more). That means your guests will be sitting at a table with people they may or may not know for a while. You can make this easier by placing people together that you know will get along. If you have some cousins who like fly fishing, and your new spouse has some friends who enjoy it, placing them together could mean they'll have some great company.

Make Your Single Guests Comfortably

It can be hard to come to a wedding alone - especially if you only know the bride or the groom. Make it easier on your single guests by placing them with other people they may get along with. This can also possibly alleviate needing to invite +1's since you are giving them good company.

Out of Room?

What would you do if you and your significant other had mingled in the lobby a little too long, and by the time you came into the reception area, the only seats available were single seats? It would be challenging to try and move people, and you wouldn't want to sit alone. You could probably pull up a seat, but that would make the other guests cramped. You can save your guests this possible embarrassment with seating arrangements. No matter how long they mingle, their seat is always there for them.

It Can Manage Drama

While this may not help control ALL of the drama, it certainly can help a bit. We're not even just talking about guests who clearly don't like each other, but guests who wouldn't naturally get along either. While it may seem unlikely that your liberal aunt and your significant other's conservative uncle would happen to sit together, if they do - it could make for an awkward time for all surrounding them. You can save this from happening by placing these family members with people they will get along with and they everyone will have a better time.

Your Lake of the Ozarks Wedding Venue

Seven Springs Winery is a wonderful wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks to say your vows and then party afterward. We have many different venues on our property, from the beautiful gazebo to the spacious banquet center. Seven Springs Winery and Vineyards sits upon 160 breathtaking acres making a wonderful place for your celebration. The winery is less than a 10-minute drive from Camdenton and Osage Beach. Our facility also has a magnificent covered porch and a large patio area ideal for enjoying a glass of wine and admiring the beautiful view.

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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