One thing we were not originally having was a seating plan. We were having a top table for us, parents, Best Man and MOH but other than that people were sitting where they liked.\n\nHowever, we paid the reception balance off last night and my Mom was worried that close family members were going to be left out because they arrived later than some friends, and would end up pushed up the back or on the balcony. My Dad (who has had very little to do with the wedding up to now) said it would be best, and it wont take a lot of time to sort out and make, so have thought its best to do one!\n\nThe actual seating is not too bad at all, basing it on 8 people per table, which is what the reception do. I know they also do a couple of tables of 6 as well, but for a rough draft I've based it on tables of 8. I have everyone sat in a fair way on tables, but its now a matter of which table goes where!\n\nDownstairs can fit around 7 tables, but we also have a balcony that seats around 5 tables. The problem would be when some family (the more distant family) and friends would be up there. Friends wouldn't be a problem, but the family would! I'm trying to do it so that the further the relationship to us, the further away you sit from us, but also taking into account people with disabilities who can't walk up stairs to the balcony, etc. I know what some family members can be like, and wont see it as being just for a couple of hours whilst you eat, but see it as not caring about them and pushing them out! We also have a quiet area that seats between 12 and 16 on comfy sofas and stools. That almost looks like having people in a separate room, so trying to avoid that for food if possible. We have however got a family member (H2B's Great Uncle) who is currently going through Chemotherapy and if he can still make it he may rather sit in that area due to not being around large crowds of people as his immune system will be pretty much none existent, so may sit his table out there, not to exclude him but for his health and wellbeing. (H2B's Mom said that they went to a wedding there when his Grandad was alive, and sat himself out there as at the time he was going through chemotherapy and couldn't be around large groups of people, so it may be wise for H2B's Great Uncle to sit out there with his table).\n\nNow beginning to wish we didn't bother with it! Its only from about 5.30pm until around 8.30pm!