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Sometimes a beautiful reception
venue layout is not a functional layout.
What do I mean? A poor layout not
only makes the venue uncomfortable
for guests but also for wedding ven-
dors who may be unable do their jobs
Several issues might arise. Will all
the guests be able to see the head table?
Will guests be able to hear what s hap-
pening during the programme? Will
wedding vendors have access to elec-
trical outlets or prep areas? Can guests
move around safely and comfortably?
Can the dance floor accommodate the
A helpful tip is to start off by com-
piling a seating chart for your guests.
You can begin on this once you have
all the RSVPs in. Seating charts can
guide your guests, your wedding plan-
ner, caterer (for plated meals or special
requests), photographer (for key photos)
and the decorator.
If you really like a venue and you
fear it might be too small for your wed-
ding, you can consider being creative
with any one or a combination of these
• Mix different sized tables to create
more space---for example, combine
round tables with rectangular banquet
tables placed end-on-end for family-
style seating. Remember though that
your linen expenses can increase if you
have a variety of table choices.
• The shape of round tables makes
it easier for guests to move around
them and socialise. However, they tend
to take up more space than square or
rectangular tables. One way to save on
space with round tables is to arrange
them in an offset or alternating pattern,
like an invisible zig-zag.
• Use clusters of round tables and
barbells---two or more rectangular tables
with a horizontally-facing rectangular
table at each end. This option uses
more table linens but less centrepieces.
• If you are keen on a more intimate
wedding with a smaller guest count,
try a U-shaped seating arrangement
with a head table or round table in the
middle for the couple.
• Have a cocktail reception rather
than a sit-down dinner. Smaller tables
combined with cocktail tables and
benches or lounge seating are suitable
for an outdoor cocktail reception.
• Instead of hiring a live band, hire
a DJ to decrease your space needs.
For more visual inspiration on
different types of seating plans,
follow the TrinidadWeddings' Pin-
terest board here:
Space planning tips
for your reception
is so important today when our
young women are under threat, some
of them having very little self esteem,
so they are prepared to allow them-
selves to be treated without digni-
What advice would you give to
a young person considering reli-
The advice I would give to any
young person considering religious
life is to give it your best shot. If
God is calling you, listen to Him.
You have nothing to lose and every-
thing to gain. God is never outdone
in generosity. I am happy and blessed
that I listened and responded pos-
itively to God s invitation. If I had
to do it again I would make the same
choice. Be generous. God is generous
with us. Don t let Him down. Turn
deaf ears to those who dissuade
you---and there will be many---they
would give you every reason why
you should not. Be strong in your
What else would you like our
readers to know about you?
I love nature. I love to drive around
the Queen s Park Savannah during
the dry season when the yellow poui
is in bloom. I love to look at the hills
which are sometimes dotted with
the yellow poui which heralds the
rainy season. I feel at home when I
am in a place where there is much
green space, green grass, flowering
trees. I have climbed the Maracas
hills three times taking Girl Guides
with me. We travelled via Santa Cruz
and came out opposite Maracas
Beach. We swam a bit then returned
via the same route. We also climbed
to the Sobo Falls near Blanchisseuse,
and on another occasion made our
way to Cumana---walking along the
river bed, walking in the shallow
areas of the river, being pulled across
by rope in the deeper areas, for about
one hour and a half before arriving
at a beautiful waterfall.
I visited the Niagara Falls in Cana-
da on two occasions, as well as places
of interest in different parts of
Europe. I climbed the Soufriere Falls
in St Vincent on two different occa-
sions. Those were the days, I can t
do that now.
I have what I call my sacred space,
which is a kitchen garden at the
southern side of our building in the
heart of Port-of-Spain. Here, I spend
about 45 minutes almost every
morning tending to different veg-
etables and fruits. I love to spend
time there. It is for me a stress reliev-
er. I feel so proud when I produce
vegetables plentifully, like tomatoes,
patchoi, lettuce, sorrel, pigeon peas,
cassava, ginger, and seasonings, and
all of this without pesticide. So much
so the community simply has to
come out to pick whatever is in sea-
son. Recently we had a fine crop of
What educational institutions
did you attend?
I attended Mucurapo Girls Pri-
mary for one year of my primary
education and Providence Girls for
the rest of my primary years as well
as my secondary schooling as in
those days it was an all-age school.
Bachelor of Education (honours)
University of the West Indies, Mona
Campus, Jamaica. Teachers Diplo-
ma, Catholic Women s Teachers Col-
lege. MA in Distance Education.
Computer Literacy, University of the
West Indies. Basic Quality Education
What daily motto do you live by?
My motto is God s holy will.
When faced with a situation I
repeatedly ask myself, what would
Jesus do if he were in my place at
the moment in time? I also believe
in entering fully and joyfully in what
one is asked to do, no matter how
unimportant. This makes the burden
Describe yourself in two words,
one beginning with A, the other
with A, your initials?
I would describe myself as action-
driven and assiduous (devoted, atten-
tive, persistent, unremitting).
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