Assigning seats

If you are having speeches or announcements, make sure the people giving them are seated where they won't have their back to anyone.

Try to place pregnant, elderly and disabled guests and guests with small children where they have easy access to toilets and other facilities. Don't seat them at tables that are going to be removed to make space after the meal.

Older guests will generally have poorer hearing and eyesight. Try to put them where they can see and hear any speeches. Do not put them next to loud music, they won't appreciate it. Put children's tables in the least favourable locations, they have better hearing and won't be too interested in the speeches anyway.

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