Wediquette Wednesday: Do we seat single wedding guests at the same table?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: It’s time to start working on the seating chart for my wedding. My mom says we should seat all of our single friends and family at the same tables, but I think we should seat people next to their friends and people they know. Do we seat single wedding guests at the same table?

Answer: In the end it’s up to you, but seating all of the single people at one table could produce hurt feelings for those who are sensitive about their status. Consider matching people according to existing friendships, as you mentioned, as well as similar hobbies and interests. If you think two people who’ve never met might get along, and they happen to be single, this could be the perfect opportunity to quietly play matchmaker and seat them at the same table, but do so with caution bearing in mind that they might not end up walking down the aisle.


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