Traditional seating charts place the couple at one table and their attendants and parents at another. This lets mom and dad serve directly as hosts to particularly close family members.
But in a comment on a recent post about the family tree, Karen, a newly-weds, told us this:
"We spent the entire reception feeling trapped by those we'd never met or hadn't seen in years because they wanted to sit with us and 'catch up.' [We] didn't get to spend the most fabulous night of our lives with the people that meant the most to us. . . .our parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters."
One solution: Sit with your parents -- you'll get to see them during dinner -- and place siblings and grandparents at tables close by. Dedicate a block of time to those special guests without feeling a smidge of guilt.
Will you lose your family in the crowd at your reception? Where will you seat your parents, grandparents, and siblings?