Bridesmaid Seating Etiquette
Seat Your Girls Like it was Any Other Party
Depending on how large your wedding is, plotting out the seating arrangements can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the reception planning process. Here are a few things to remember—as well as some tips on groomsmen and bridesmaid etiquette—as you make your wedding seating arrangements:
- Decide whether or not you will have a bridal party head table or a sweetheart table. Traditional wedding and bridesmaid etiquette dictates that either one is fine; it just depends on your personal preference. Otherwise, you can put your bridesmaids and groomsmen at another table, but they should be nearby. Because they are your wedding attendants, they should be at a table near to you (in theory, because you may need them at some point).
- With reception seating etiquette, the main thing to remember is proximity. Closest and immediate family members—parents, grandparents and siblings (if they are not in the bridal party)—should be near to the bride and groom. Otherwise, you have creative license to put guests where you think they will have the most fun!
- Treat your seating arrangement as you would if you were planning a party at your own home. Use your intuition. Who would get along well? Use your seating chart as an opportunity to introduce people you think would have a lot in common by putting them at the same table (not necessarily in a romantic sense, though you never know what can happen at a wedding!)