3 fabulous reception seating ideas to consider (before you do the seating plan!)

Receptions // by QB

Ok, so it’s definitely not the most exciting thing about planning a reception; however, if you’re planning a sit-down affair then putting a little thought into your seating style is a must-do. Start with these 3 fabulous reception seating ideas (before you even attempt to start the seating plan!) and ensure that your reception is the ultimate celebration you’ve always wanted.

Related article: How to organise your seating chart


Allocate a table, not a seat

You can always break tradition and assign guests to tables rather than allocated seats, giving them the choice of who they sit next to throughout the reception. This also means they can feel free to switch seats throughout the reception to mingle. [image: Hannah & Lachlan’s K’Gari Island wedding]


Swap seats for quality time

If you’re thinking of ditching the traditional bridal table, why not leave two seats free at each of your guest’s reception tables? Play musical chairs on the night and spend some quality time with each of your guests by enjoying each course with a different bunch of loved ones. [image: Sam & Dylan’s Brisbane wedding]

Ashton & Mike's North Queensland nuptials

Create a dinner party vibe

To create a dinner party atmosphere, use long tables. This also lets you get creative with decorative details like table garlands and table runners – they look amazing underneath hanging installations or statement lighting features. [image: Ashton & Mike’s North QLD wedding]

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