A long standing tradition for most western weddings is finding its foothold in the Asian wedding space, the logistical and calculated minefield of a seating plan. On a small scale table plans can really help to break down barriers between your guests and mix it up. We look at what you need to consider when the structured seating plan meets the waterfall of an Asian wedding!
FIRST THING’S FIRST – THE TOP TABLE(S)!
Tradition dictates in the UK, the bride and groom sit in the middle of the wedding top table lined either side by the bride’s parents, then the groom’s parents, and finally flanked by the best man and chief bridesmaid. Now that may work for your family – alternatively you may want to keep your parents on one side and your partner’s parents on the otherside – after all it’s an emotional day for your parents and seating etiquette decrees at the best of times, never to split up a couple.
And of course if you have a strong desire to avoid family politics on your top table, you can always elect for a ‘sweetheart table’ for you and your newly-wed lovebird.
It’s worth acknowledging at this point one of the key differences between a traditional western wedding and an Asian wedding is the focus on family. It’s more than likely you won’t be able to squeeze all of those special people on to your top table, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make their tables as equally exciting. Inject some gravitas and change your room dynamic by adding oval or rectangle tables – perfect to maximise your room space and frame the dancefloor.
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Written By Inderveer Tatla: Marriu
Table Setting: Coombe Abbey
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