By Ann Cronin
Seating plans can be a complicated concept to navigate. Sometimes you don’t realise how many of your loved ones don’t get along with each other until you have to sit them all in the same room, or you might not have been aware of how many of your childhood BFF’s ex-boyfriends were on your guest list. Do not fear though, because we have some tips to help you arrange your party in a way that will help prevent any unwanted hiccups when it comes to the seating arrangement.
Separate the red-flag guests
If you’re worried that your pal and her ex having too many tipsy interactions may lead to unwanted disputes, seat them as far away from each other as you can manage. Obviously, this has to be done within reason. If they’re both friends from college there’s going to be a limit to how much you can divide them, but just make sure there’s some kind of distance between the potentially problematic cases and that they’re not on the same table as each other.
Try not leave anyone on their own
If you’ve childhood friends or someone from the office that does not know many or any of your guests, try seat them with others who may be without a group. It’s also worth noting who’s bringing plus ones that you don’t know well or who may be feeling uncomfortable, and place them in the same area so those who feel like they don’t know anyone can form a group among themselves if they want to.
Keep extended relatives with their own group
Make sure those cousins of yours who may not know any of your partner’s family aren’t thrown among strangers. Keep everyone with who they know, but in close proximity of your other half’s family so no one is awkward but there is opportunity for two families to come together even more than they already have.
Have someone proof-read your plan
Having some fresh pairs of eyes look at your seating plan is always an advantage. You never know what you may be missing or what potential problems you could have accidently overlooked. Always get other people’s opinions before finalising anything, in case you and your partner’s decisions may need a bit of tweaking.