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How to Simplify Your Wedding Reception Seating Plan

The seating plan for an upcoming wedding reception can cause a lot of headaches, from trying to fit personalities that will go well together to keeping those that may clash apart.  The pressure is on to design a seating plan that will suit everyone.  At times it may seem like putting together the seating chart is nothing short of rocket science.  However, there are actually some tricks to make this planning a little easier.

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Separating Bride and Groom Sides

One of the first questions that you need to decide is if there will be a well-defined side for the bride and one for the groom.  There are many advantages to keeping the sides separated, as these guests will be those that already know one-another.  This will make for easier, more relaxed conversation.  Of course, there are times when there may be a family riff that should be considered, separating member that may not get along.

Friends and other invitees should be assigned seating based on how they know the couple or the bride and groom individually.  For example, college friends should sit together since they most often are already acquainted.  Taking the time to think this through and plan to seat guests together that already know one another can make the event much more comfortable for everyone.

Assigning Seats or Tables

It can be tempting to allow guests to seat themselves at the wedding reception.  This tactic can easily backfire, with stray seats at a table and groups that are not able to sit together.  For a larger reception, over 75 guests, assigned seating will take a lot of the hassle out of settling everyone during dinner.  And let’s be honest, it isn’t unusual for a guest to discreetly swap a seat at a table to sit next to a friend.  This is to be expected and can actually be beneficial for everyone.

Taking the time during the wedding planning to put some thought into the seating can ensure that the reception is a great event not only for the bride and groom, but for their guests as well.

Ready to book the wedding venue so that you can move on to the seating plan?  Schedule a tour of Lippincott Manor or check availability by calling 845-895-2474.

Summer Wedding Ideas

Summer is the most popular season for weddings.  Beautiful weather and sunshine allowing you to capture your very special moments to last a life time.  Experiencing your dream day at an outdoor venue is one of the most attractive parts of a summer wedding. Here at Lippincott Manor our grounds are in full bloom with dazzling views of wild flowers, open fields complete with mountainous views.  Let’s not forget to mention the brilliant river scenery and full green trees coming into season.

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As your guests arrive for your beautiful ceremony to come, consider placing a refreshing beverage station that your friends and family will pass on their way in.  This has become quite popular for a summer wedding.  Beverages such as tea’s or lemonade, or even an infused water.  While guests are taking their seats it may be beneficial for them to have a cool tasty drink in the hot summer heat.

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While the summer weather is gorgeous the sun can be awfully bright, and you want nothing to dull your shine on YOUR big day.  A great idea would be to set up a bin of sunglasses for your guests to shade their eyes from the bright daylight during your ceremony, and their tears.  Allowing everyone to take in your beauty and the gorgeous  atmosphere of the day that has brought them all together.

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As your ceremony concludes and you and your guests part ways for a short time before you are introduced as the new Mr. & Mrs, think of all the moments your guests are capturing on their phones or cameras.  Photos of your friends and family, photos of your fabulous wedding decor, your table settings and linens.  This may be a fitting time to consider small photo props that your guests can have fun with while snapping away eagerly awaiting your arrival!

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Explore the bright popular colors of summer when choosing a color theme! Such as beautiful pinks and fucshia’s, golds and sky blues.  Citrus colors such as tangerine and yellows, even aqua and pale lilac!  The possibilities when choosing color a theme for a summer wedding are seemingly endless.  The summer season offers beautiful flowers to choose from with pops of bright colors.  To name a few popular flowers in season there is the classic sun flower so bright and beautiful, freesia’s and stocks in breath taking purples just to name a few.

summer bouqetAs your ceremony concludes and its time to get the party started as Mr. & Mrs. you may want to favor your feet!  We are sure as you dance the night away with your closest family and friends you may want to kick off those heels and really dance! Mull over the idea of a bin of inexpensive various colored flip flops for your lady guests to slip into and get out onto the dance floor and boogie with you and your loved ones.  After all this is a time for celebration!

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As the hours wind down to ending your enchanted evening, picture all of your loved ones underneath a summer sky, and beside a beautiful roaring bonfire.  Making sweet treats and memories amongst the stars.

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