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Planning the seating arrangements for your reception can be one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process. You want to think about fun things like centerpieces, cake and champagne toasts. But you can’t do that until you figure out how many tables you’re having, and how many guests can fit at each one, and whether you should go with round instead of long—the list goes on and on.
The reality is, there are dozens of decisions to make and your choices are often limited by your venue, your budget, and how well your family gets along. Here are four common seating dilemmas and our thoughts on how to handle them.