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7 Tips on Seating Your Guests at Your Tennessee Wedding Reception

Reception seat planning should be one of the final tasks on your wedding planning to-do list, but with all the time you’re spending at home (Coronavirus strikes again), nothing stops you from having a go at it now.

We at Bluff Mountain Inn understand this, and that’s why we’ve decided to help. Here are 7 tips on how to seat your guests at your reception.



  • Start Early

You probably have this one covered-or maybe not. There are couples who find themselves hard at work the night before their wedding;  deciding who is going to sit where, what food will be placed where, etc. Avoid all this by having your chart ready on time.

  • Categorize the Guest List

Categorize all of your guests by the relationship they share with you. Separate them into Friends, Family, Your Partner’s Friends, Your Partner’s family, your family friends, your partner’s family friends, etc. After this, you can then make a list and separate the list into distinct tables.

  • Draw Things Down

Find out how many people can seat comfortably at a table and then draw out the circle for tables, then write names inside of it. This will help give you a better idea of how your seating arrangement will end up.

  • Decide Where You’ll Sit

You can either put yourselves on display for everyone to see during your reception or join your guests in a more intimate wedding seating arrangement. You can also choose to either have your wedding party sit with you or have them sit with their dates at other tables.

  • The Parents Table

Your parents and your partner’s parents should be seated at the same table along with your grandparents and siblings-who are not part of the wedding party. If it turns out that there are some divorced parents in the mix, let each set of parents host their tables. That would mean at least 4 parent tables.

  • Tame Tensions

In situations where you have some family members who do not get along with each other, keep them as far as possible from each other using the seating arrangement. So be sure to ask about-and know-who gets along with who for your event.

  • Provide Reunion Time

If you are inviting a lot of college or high school friends, having them seat together is a great way to help them catch up with each other.

Bluff Mountain Inn is a romantic and serene mountain wedding destination in Sevierville, Tennessee. We’re committed to the success of every wedding that we host and would love to hear from you. Give us a call today!

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