During such events, there are always a number of guests to whom special attention must be paid when it comes to the following:
The success or failure of an event may hinge on the seating arrangements that are in place; careful consideration (flexible, using good judgement and tact) and professionalism should therefore be used when drawing up seating plans.
There are many different types of placements (seating arrangements) as well as factors that determine how successful these will be. It is not possible to cover all variants and possibilities and this document only serves as a guide and orientation.
However, seating arrangements only make sense if guests are able to find their way around, i.e. if they know where they are being asked to sit or that seating arrangements have been made.
Each country has general and specific criteria for ‘official rankings’; these should be used as a basic guideline for that specific country (and reflect state practice to a certain extent) although they can serve as a ranking guide and orientation for industry events, for example.
Protocol can only provide advice, which is why seating arrangements must always be agreed with the host or the customer before the event!
Protocol can only provide advice, which is why seating arrangements must always be agreed with the host or the customer before the event!Beware: high-ranking or main guests and guests of honour should always be escorted to their seats!
This is one of the particular tasks for which Protocol is responsible. All of those entrusted with this task have printed plans at hand to help guests find their seats.
Avoid consulting non-professionals about seating arrangements! It is simply too complex a ‘minefield’!