If you’ve ever tried seating arrangements for a wedding, you might have some idea of how difficult it is to do the seating plan for the Met Gala. This is one of the aspects of the event the team spends the most time on, placing guests strategically by considering common interests.
“There’s a lot of thinking about who’s sitting next to whom, if they’ve sat together last year, if they’ve sat next to each other at other events, it there is so much to do, it’s shocking, “said Ward Durrett in The first Monday in May. “Lots of power brokering.”
Of course, every year the seating arrangement undergoes many changes as the event takes shape. Ward Durett told Vogue she learned early on to invest in velcro rather than post-its to avoid mistakes. “There have been many iterations of the seating chart,” she said. “When I started we only had little stickers, and it was a nightmare – things were falling off, we were losing people and rewriting names a million times a day.”
Color coding is also used, as Ward Durrett likes to use the female-male-female-male model where possible. And another key rule that might surprise you: “Never sit spouses next to each other,” she said. “The point of these things is to meet new people and to be interested in what other people are doing. What’s the point if you come here to spend time with your husband?” Sorry, Blake lively and Ryan reynolds!