Long tables seating arrangement
So I just read online that when making a seating chart for long tables, you should sit couples across from each other, not beside each other. This seems odd to me, but then I have never been to a recpetion with long tables so I have no experience to go by. Thoughts?

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Posted On: Oct 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Oct 22, 2011 at 8:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
generally, you assign someone a table rather than an actual seat. So, unless your tables are ridicuously long or something, I'd just assing tables and let people choose where they want to sit.

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Oct 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was thinking side by side for mine

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Oct 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Traditionally, you were supposed to seat couples together only until they reached their first wedding anniversary, and then seat them apart after that. The theory was that they could talk to each other any time, but that if seated separately, they could each meet new people who might become friends. (This was not just at weddings or at long tables; it was a general rule.)

I'm probably the only one here old enough to remember that rule. And no one at your wedding will. So, seat people however you like.

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Oct 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am aiming for something more formal so would like to assign actual seats, plus the number of seats at each table would make it awkward for people to find their own seats (3 seats on either side of the table, and I don't want couples to have to split up).

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Oct 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Either way is proper. If you are seating side by side, you want to make sure you have an even amount of chairs on each side of the table so that a couple doesn't get split up. Seating them across from each other is also appropriate. It's your preference.
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