Devising a seating plan is like working on a puzzle - and the level of difficulty depends on the family dynamics and personalities involved. If a lot of family squabbles arose surrounding the guest list, you may be in for more of the same when it comes time to figure out who sits where. For couples with divorced parents, seating can be particularly challenging if not everyone is on good terms. In some cases, clear table groupings emerge organically from the chaos, and it’s smooth sailing.
Typically you accomplish this by seating like people together. That means your collage roommate sits with other college pals; that your colleagues from work sit together; and that your aunts, uncles, and cousins share a table.
You might consider grouping by age rather than family unit. So instead of seating your aunt and uncle with children, you could seat them with other aunts and uncles or friends of your parents, and seat the children with other cousins around their age. If you’re inviting children to the wedding, they’re likely to have a better time at a separate children’s table. If the only children are the flower girl and ring bearer, seat them with their parents. But there’s no one way to do things, so listen to your gut.