Morgan
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Seating Chart, do you put families together?

Morgan, on March 30, 2018 at 9:17 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 22
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I'm messing around with the seating chart and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to put my parents and FH parents at the same table, or do I put them at tables with their family members? We've done a couple holidays together so they know each other well enough. What is everyone else doing?



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Latest activity by 2019Bride, on March 30, 2018 at 12:33 PM
  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
    BoudreauToBe ·
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    Each set of parents should have their own table. Ask them which guests they would like to be at their tables.

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  • P
    Devoted July 2018
    Precious Stone ·
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    Lost both parents and FH lost his father. But his mum and uncle will be on the same table with my aunties and uncles.
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    Mim ·
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    I'd ask your parents who they would like to sit at their tables. My husband and I sat with friends with our family at the next table. My sil's parents sat with some family and some friends.
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  • rica
    VIP September 2018
    rica ·
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    I think they'd rather be with their own families. That is more common as well.

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  • fallinthegarden
    Master October 2017
    fallinthegarden ·
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    We sat our parents with their own families. My parents sat with my brother and his girlfriend, and then two sets of my aunts/uncles. H's parents sat with H's grandma, his two brothers, and one of their girlfriends.

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated April 2019
    Ashley ·
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    My FSIL just got mArried and had her parents and his parents sit together and it was nice! I think it’s a nice way to start off your relationship as family
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  • Jo
    WeddingWire Administrator May 2015
    Jo ·
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    Usually they are each at their own family table and seated near the head table or sweetheart table. Though if they want something different it's fine to consider other possible arrangements

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  • Adriana
    Expert October 2017
    Adriana ·
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    We let our parents make their own tables. It was easier than us trying to figure out where they wanted to sit, and where they wanted their guests to sit. I originally wanted my immediate family at one table and my husbands immediate family at one table. My MIL did not want that, she wanted to sit with her friends. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Guess I’m glad I asked. Lol. I would ask them what they want.
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  • AugustBride
    Super August 2018
    AugustBride ·
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    What we are doing is bride's family and friends on the right side and groom's family and friends on the left side. The first table on each side is family (moms dads brother's etc). My parents also asked to put family from out of the country on that table. second table will be mom's brothers, because they're a ton (and their wives). third table is cousins and then so on.

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  • Going to the chapel
    Master July 2017
    Going to the chapel ·
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    My parents have been seated both ways at their children's weddings. They highly prefer sitting with their own families.

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  • Bianca
    Super August 2019
    Bianca ·
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    We’re seperating our parents. We will have two parents tables and at mine there will be my aunts and uncles, and at my future in-laws table there will be my SIL, her husband, and small kids.
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  • Future Mrs M
    Super June 2018
    Future Mrs M ·
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    We chose to put our parents at the same table as our children.

    We are mixing tables.. half my side half his. So you know people at the table, but have a chance to meet someone else. Like my uncles and aunts with his.. my cousins with his. So people are around the same age, as well.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2017
    Kelsey ·
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    We had a sweet heart table at the front, then there were two rows of long tables all the way to the back. I put my parents at one table and my husband's parents with his immediate family at the other so it looked something like this.


    .............[ sweetheart ].............
    [my parents]......[his parents]

    [ wed party ]......[ guests ]

    [ guests ]............[ guests ]

    etc.

    We asked our parents who they would like at their tables and/or what would work best. My brother and his girlfriend sat at my parents' table even though he was a groomsmen because there wasn't enough room for the whole bridal party + their SOs/guests. My parents also had some of their friends at their table since they wouldn't have known anyone else had they been seated elsewhere.

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  • PrincessLawrence
    VIP June 2018
    PrincessLawrence ·
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    I am sitting our parents together and probably the grandparents too.

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  • Adrianna
    Expert June 2018
    Adrianna ·
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    We are having our own sweetheart table. Everyone else can sit wherever they want. They are grown ups, they don't need me to tell them where to sit. Our family mingles anyway!
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  • mjfortwedding
    Expert April 2018
    mjfortwedding ·
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    We’ve done tons of family dinners with the sides together so we are doing parents and grandparents at one table. It actually works better for them and us!
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    Feneesa ·
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    We’re mixing our tables. Similar to pp, same age range. We’re wll family now, we want everyone to get to know each other.
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  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
    BoudreauToBe ·
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    Just an FYI - guests hate this. Why would I want to spend money going to a wedding and then sit with people I don't really know? I'd rather be with a full table of people I know, especially if I'm going to be leaving my purse on the table while I'm dancing. People will be getting up and talking to other people the whole time.

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  • Morgan
    Devoted June 2018
    Morgan ·
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    I do love sitting with friends. At weddings I usually see people I haven't seen in a while, so it is really nice to be able to be with them the whole night.

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  • Cassie
    Super April 2018
    Cassie ·
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    I think it depends on how big each family is. With us, they are sitting at separate tables, but FW's family is her mom and she has 4 siblings. We actually had to separate the siblings because with the SOs, they wouldn't have all fit at one table, plus one sister has young kids, which would obviously sit with them. You really just have to work with the numbers you have and decide what would make them feel the most comfortable.

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