No seating arrangement without sensitivities, ego and protocol
|Photo: an usher of the Protocolbureau is preparing the seating arrangement|
However, seating guests is also about managing expectations. For that reason it is often difficult to please everyone. Each protocol officer has experience with complaining guests or guests who refuse to sit down. It also happens that people unsolicited, take a seat on the first row. Others swap their own place cards and exchange it for a better one.
Seating guests is also about managing expectations
Centuries ago, the European monarchies have developed a methodology, which allows for an objective seating arrangement. Each country has a so-called protocol list with a logical hierarchy of the most important officials. The more people a functionary represents, the more important he or she is considered and so the higher he or she is seated. A Head of State is seated better than a Minister and a Chairman of a Parliament higher than a Mayor. Protocol also provides guidelines about the ranking of the chairs. The main seat is usually in the middle and the second seat is on the right, the third seat is on the left, and so on. The first row is more important than the second row.
European monarchies developed a methodology, which allows for an objective seating arrangement