While I'm a firm believer in the idea that each couple should write their own story, there are some things that should always be left to tradition.
Case in point, a seating chart for your reception. If creating a seating chart instills fear and terror in your heart, fret not dear brides, finding the proper seating for all your guests requires a little tactical maneuvering and a little patience on your part. Whether you choose a sweetheart table of you and Prince Charming, or a bridal table with the entire party, the tables closest to the bride and groom should be that of the immediate family.
If you're a guest that has drawn the stick by being seated at a less than desirable table, please, ask yourself - what would Audrey do? Would she put up a fuss and pout for not being near her friends? Or would she be gracious in this matter and be a wonderful dinner companion to those at her table? Even more complimentary, the bride and groom most likely thought you would be versatile in your conversation and thus seated you with equally wonderful conversationalist. But brides do try to keep at least some sort of common denominator amongst each table, whether it is like groups or like interests.
Also keep a table reserved for your vendors - photographers, videographers, hair and makeup stylists, etc. Kindness does not go unnoticed and most of the industry's bests always had rave reviews for their clients that treated them like guests instead of a hired hand.
Creating a diplomatic seating chart does require revision so don't be discouraged if you don't get it correct the first time. And once you're done, image what a beautiful place card table you can make!
Images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, and Brides.