By: THE GLAMOURIST
Photographer: Vero Suh Photography // Rehearsal Location: Private Residence // Ceremony Location: Stanford Memorial Church // Reception Location: Sharon Heights Golf and Country Clubre // Event Planner: Rebecca Reategui Weddings and Special Events // Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy // Florals: Ornamento Flowerso // Videography: One Day Pictures // Hair by Farzana // Makeup by Meghan // DJ: Denon & Doyle // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and La Tavola Fine Linen
Hello and welcome to Wedding Wednesdays Q&A! For those of you new to our little family, Wedding Wednesdays Q&A is where we answer all your wedding planning questions to help get you on the road to wedding planning bliss. This week’s question is about the seating chart: I’m trying to figure out my tables and how to seat people and I’m having some difficulty. I can’t seem to get 10 people on every table. Everything I try just doesn’t work and the only way I can do it is if I sit random people together, which doesn’t sound fun. Is it a bad thing if the tables are all different? Will that look weird? Great question and it’s a question that I get all the time. When working on a seating chart, couples seem to want to keep all the tables the same and while that does make it easy on the venue or catering team, it really isn’t necessary. It also makes doing the seating chart that much harder. The chances that your guest list will work out perfectly to have tables with the same number of people on it, is very slim. What I suggest instead is to group people who you think will have a good time together. They don’t have to necessarily all know each other, but perhaps they are the same general age or personality wise would be compatible. Once you’ve grouped people, then see how your numbers turn out. If you are shooing for tables of 10, usually about 8-11 will also work. To answer your question specifically, tables with different numbers of people is not a bad thing and will not look weird! The only times it can be weird is if the number of people on the table is either so small that it looks empty or so large that the table looks crowded. And in both of those cases it’s also not so fun for your guests, so it’s an easy thing to avoid. Tables come in different sizes, so the ranges of what is acceptable and comfortable can vary. Make sure the range you are working with actually works with your table and floorplan. The last thing to factor into your range is if you are doing a family style meal or your place settings are large (i.e. if you are using a charger or have a lot of glassware) or your chairs are large. If any or all of these apply, you’ll need more room per person on the tables and that will make the range smaller. If you are unsure what numbers to use you can ask your wedding planner, caterer, or venue coordinator and they will be happy to help you. So, don’t worry too much about the numbers (it will work out) and instead focus on making tables that your guests will be happy on. Do you want wedding planning bliss? Send us the question that has been bothering you and we’ll get you on the right path.
In honor of the upcoming July 4th holiday, this week’s question is about a holiday wedding: My fiance and I are trying to pick a date for our wedding and we only have a few limited options because of both of our work schedules. The day that works out best timing wise is on a holiday (July 4th) weekend. The 4th of July weekend is nice because people will have a long weekend, but I’m worried that having a wedding on a holiday could be a bad idea. What do I need to consider before choosing it as my wedding date?
Many couples do try to aim for holiday weekends for their weddings (especially destination weddings) purely because of the long weekend. And I will say that it is nice to have that extra day for everyone, but there are some things you will want to consider before moving forward. First off, holiday weekends will be more expensive for anyone who has to travel. Things like flights, hotels, and rental cars will all be at a higher rate for the holiday. Also, if your wedding is taking place in a tourist destination (like Napa or New York or Hawaii), you will have larger than normal crowds in the area, which could potentially add on problems like traffic, getting taxis, or even privacy for the wedding venue itself (if it is at a hotel for example).
Another big factor to think about is that you may have to pay your vendors a higher rate because of the holiday weekend. This is especially true if your wedding falls on the actual holiday itself. In addition, you may find that some vendors will not work on that weekend, which may leave you with more limited options. If you have your heart set on a certain wedding planner or photographer or florist, you might want to check with them before picking the date.
Now these all sound like Debbie downer things, but there are lots of upsides to a holiday weekend besides the long weekend. Your anniversary will always fall on a holiday so, you’ll always have the time off to celebrate which is nice. If you have a bad memory, you will never forget your anniversary date. And most importantly, if the holiday has special significance to one or both of you, that is also a nice touch. A July 4th wedding would be particularly great for some American history buffs. But, in the end you have to pick a date that works for you, so just go into it knowing the potential problems you might have to work around or plan for and you’ll be fine.
Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans!
We’re always poking around on Elizabeth Anne for lovely wedding inspiration, and today we’re excited to see one of our fabulous weddings on her gorgeous blog! Jennifer and Matt’s San Francisco Ocean Club wedding is full of sophistication and romance in the heart of our favorite city. Click through for all the details!
I don’t know what it was like where you were this past weekend, but where I was it was super hot. Not heat wave hot, but almost. Hot to the point where all you want is cool drinks, sitting in front of a fan and not cooking which is totally what I did. What is interesting is that heat makes people irritable (me included), but love is loving someone no matter how you’re feeling about them at the time.