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Wedding Guest List Etiquette

My maid of honor is throwing me a bridal shower. Do all of the people I invite to the bridal shower have to be invited to the wedding? The answer is yes. Anyone who is invited to any “auxiliary events” – engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc. should also be invited to your wedding.…

Head Up the Head Table

A traditional head table is not round but long and straight, and it’s generally set up along a wall, on risers, facing all the other reception tables. It may even have two tiers if your wedding party is large. Usually the bride and groom sit smack-dab in the middle (where everyone can see them), with…

Start Early

It’s one of the final tasks on your to-do list. Here’s how to make playing musical chairs a breeze. If you’re having 50 guests at a buffet, you may or may not want to give people specific seating assignments. But if you’re having 100 guests or more and serving a seated meal, you’ll want to…

Switch Things Up

But you don’t have to do it that way. All the bridesmaids can sit on the bride’s side, and all the groomsmen on the groom’s. Or maybe you’re not into being on display, or you don’t want your wedding party to feel isolated from other guests. Let your wedding party sit at a round reception…

Play Matchmaker

Again, all your college or high school friends will be psyched to sit at a table together. This especially works out well if you and your beloved went to the same school and have the same friends. It also gives them all an opportunity to catch up with each other, because they may not have…

Tensions at Weddings

There may also be situations in which certain family members just do not get along. Maybe they haven’t spoken in years. Maybe the last time they saw each other there was a drunken cat fight. Understandably, you want to keep them as far apart as possible. Think about these kinds of relationships (or lack thereof)…

Place Your Parents

Traditionally, your parents and your sweetie’s parents sit at the same table, along with grandparents, siblings not in the wedding party, and the officiant and his/her spouse if they attend the reception. But if your or your honey’s parents are divorced, and are uncomfortable about sitting next to each other, you might want to let…