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5 Tips to Conquer The Reception Seating Chart | Outstanding Advice

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Oh, the pesky seating chart… one of the least enjoyable things about planning your special day. As hard as it is to not step on any of your guest’s toes during this process, you also have to take into consideration where your guests are sitting, or rather, who your guests are sitting with because it can make or break their attitude at your reception. Luckily, our team put together a list of five helpful do’s and don’ts to conquer and create the perfect reception seating chart.

Don’t Assign Specific Seats. Creating a specific seating chart just ends up getting messy and complicated. Odds are, guests will end up swapping and moving around, which will inevitably complicate the meal preference of your guests and irritate your caterer. Assigning specific seats just becomes a headache for you, and an unnecessary and difficult part of the planning process. It is much easier to just assign guests to tables and let them pick their own seats. 

Don’t Rush The Process. Definitely take this process slow. Things are constantly changing in terms of RSVP’s and your guest count. It is honestly impractical to create a seating chart right off the bat and frequently change it and move people around. Wait until you have all of your RSVP’s and diagram solidified for the most part, then you can begin to brainstorm how you would like to organize your reception’s seating chart. 

Do Take Advice From Friends and Family. Put extra emphasis on the tables that your parents and close friends are seated at. Ask them before hand who they would like to sit with, or if there is any guest that they would not like to be at the same table as. Definitely take this into consideration when creating the seating chart, because they should have the next best option if they are not sitting at the head table. 

Do Pick A Unique Design. It’s always a nice surprise to see a unique and beautiful escort card display. In our opinion, it sets the mood for the reception. We have had the pleasure of seeing the most beautiful escort card displays, and to be honest, the best one’s always are simple, yet unique and elegant. Make it special, but not difficult for your guests to read or find their name, as this will cause a backup of guests. Pick colors that correlate with your theme, and display cards that your guests want to keep! 

Do Prepare for Last Minute Changes. More often times than not, guests will throw you a curveball and retract their RSVP the week before your wedding, for whatever reason it may be. A common request is to bring a plus-one, or requesting to cancel their plus-one’s invitation. A simple solution is to just expand the table and add a seat, or take a seat away instead of rearranging the entire format of the table. Don’t stress over this little issue, because you can always decline your guests request if there is no way to accommodate more people.

Hopefully this list has given you some insight on how to tackle your seating chart. The best piece of advice we can give you is to put yourself in your guests shoes, and don’t overthink this process. Go with the flow because at the end of the day, your guests are there to support you and after all, everyone always ends up out of their seats and on the dance floor anyway!

Photography Credit: Andrew Jade Photography

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Meredith & James’ Classically Elegant Desert Mountain Wedding Featured on Borrowed & Blue | Fantastic Features

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Simple, sophisticated and stunningly unique are just a few words to describe Meredith and James’ Outstanding Occasions wedding. We are so happy that this gorgeous wedding was featured on Borrowed & Blue! With luxurious gold and sparkling silver details, this Desert Mountain wedding was straight out of a fairytale. To see all of the details, be sure to head over to the Borrowed & Blue feature here!

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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The Outstanding Occasions team is so excited to watch Paige and Ryan tie the knot this weekend in a gorgeous ceremony at El Chorro. This gorgeous couple will say “I Do” on the Casa Paloma Lawn, and then host a cocktail hour for their wonderful guests on the Casa Paloma Patio. Elyse Hall Photography will be there to capture all of the night’s fabulous moments, including their grand entrance into Casa Paloma for a night of dinner and dancing! We cannot wait for this incredible spring wedding and all of the stunning details that will accommodate it, and not to mention, our awesome team of vendors including Sarah’s Garden, MT Sounds and Ruze Cake House. Stay tuned and watch all of the behind the scene footage on our Instagram story (@outstandingoccasions)!

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Vibrant and Lush El Chorro Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Pops of vibrant magenta and lush greenery gave Ali and Sam’s nuptials a bright, happy energy. We fell in love with this couple’s fun-spirited personalities from the moment we met them! Ali’s bridesmaids wore taupe, floor-length dresses and carried cream-colored bouquets filled with organic styled greenery, perfectly complementing Ali’s beautiful ivory gown and colorful bouquet created by the talented team at Petal Pusher. Simplistic, elegant stationery with a monogram detail designed by idieh design, perfectly captured the beauty of this special day.

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The ceremony on El Chorro‘s Casa Paloma Lawn was anything but ordinary. The floral encrusted cross served as the focal point of the ceremony, with Camelback Mountain shining in the background. The aisle was dusted with soft white rose petals and classic chairs that popped against the lush green grass. As the intimate ceremony concluded, guests made their way to the Casa Paloma Patio for an outdoor cocktail hour. Guests lounged on oversized linen chairs and elegant tufted sofas from Inspired Environments, while the amazing Lexi Moody Photography captured the smiling faces of guests mingling and indulging in delicious appetizers and cocktails. As cocktail hour concluded, guests found their table assignments on a rustic wood board draped with ribbons and floral.

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Guests were awestruck as they made their way into Casa Paloma and found themselves surrounded by incredible hanging floral chandeliers and a wide array of unique centerpieces. Abundant bright florals, tall tapered candles, artichoke candle holders, glass vases filled with brussels sprouts and cauliflower table number holders delighted the eye. The neutral Beatrice Garden and Chelsea Natural linens from La Tavola Fine Linens adorned the guest dining tables allowing the colorful centerpieces to really pop while the combination of vegetables, flowers and greenery against the descanso wood head table created a rustic vibe, with a fun twist. The décor for Ali and Sam’s El Chorro wedding certainly was unique, natural and bright! After dinner concluded, guests danced the night away under hanging greenery and floral to tunes by the Lucky Devils Band and treated themselves to some delicious dessert by Paula Jacqueline Cakes.

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One of the fun parts about what we do at Outstanding Occasions is translating the bride and groom’s personalities into the design and décor of the most special day of their lives. This wedding certainly reflected Ali and Sam, and nothing makes us happier than that. We definitely could not have done it without our team of amazing wedding professionals, and a BIG thank you to Lexi Moody Photography and Something New Media for capturing all the prettiness!

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Wedding Professionals: Venue: El Chorro Photography: Lexi Moody Photography Videography: Something New Media Florist: Petal Pusher     Lounge Furniture: Inspired Environments Band: Lucky Devils Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Cake|Dessert: Paula Jacqueline Cakes Stationery: idieh design Photobooth: Digital Expressions

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5 Under The Radar Honeymoon Destinations | Outstanding Advice

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If you’re in search of a unique honeymoon getaway… look no further. Our team at Outstanding Occasions did a little research and compiled a list of the best 5 under the radar honeymoon destinations that combine both beauty, uniqueness and exclusivity. What more could you want? Keep reading to find the perfect location for you and your sweetheart.

Grindavík, IcelandYou’ve definitely seen the pictures, and if you haven’t, open a new tab because you have to check this out. Think massive hot lagoons and outdoor pools in the most stunning ice blue color you have ever laid eyes on. And we won’t stop there! Rolling hills and green cliffs with wild horses will be within sight in every direction you turn. Besides the unbelievably beautiful landscape of this quaint city in Iceland, you’ll be surrounded by a strong sense of community and culture. Grindavík is the perfect under the radar honeymoon destination because it provides an outdoorsy twist to the classic choice of a beach escape.

Cape Town, South AfricaTalk about the best of both worlds… The gorgeous city of Cape Town is located on the port of Table Bay. There aren’t enough words to explain the uniqueness of this incredible city. Countless activities await including unbelievable beaches, hiking trails among massive mountains, vineyards, botanical gardens, and last but not least, exclusive safaris and sightseeing tours through wildlife reserves. During the day, laze around on the warm sandy beaches or hike to the top of Cape of Good Hope for a breathtaking view on the tip of the Cape Peninsula. At night, get out on the town and experience the special cuisine and culture Cape Town has to offer.

Tulum, Mexico Full of local businesses and privately intimate beaches, Tulum is the foolproof choice for the honeymooners who are in the market for a tropical trip. Pure white sand beaches and extra warm water are just a few of the perks that make Tulum a foolproof choice. While you’re not catching rays, take a walk through the small winding streets and shop from locally owned boutiques selling everything from handcrafted candles and wood carvings to restaurants serving up authentic Mexican cuisine.

Seychelles, East AfricaIf you’re looking for a completely secluded getaway, Seychelles is most certainly the place for you. This small island in the Indian Ocean offers incredible tropical beaches that look like they are straight out of a movie. Crystal clear blue waters and pure sand surrounded by lush green tropical forests will be your view nonstop. Pamper yourself at the exclusive spas, sanctuaries and retreats that Seychelles offers its tourists, some of them located within tree-house villas nestled in the trees. After lounging on the beach, make sure to check out the local open-air markets.

Corsica, FranceDreaming of getting to experience life in an amazing village on an island in the South of France? Look no further than Corsica. Resorts and homes are scattered on the lush green hills of this island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Take romantic walks through the cobblestone roads  -  straight from a fairy-tale – and sunbathe under the hot French sun. Rich with history, Corsica is one of France’s most well known islands due to its impeccable beauty and style.

Whether you and your new spouse are looking for a city escape, tropical getaway or outdoor adventure, we are confident one of these under the radar honeymoon spots will meet your every need and desire. Bon voyage!

Photography Credit: Bonnier Corporation

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