Are you at the table? Did you choose your table or were you seated at it? The same thing goes for your seat mates, the proximity or distance you have to each other, and where your table is located in the grand scheme of things. Was thoughtful seating a part of the event?
When you are in the beginning phases of planning your event, take a look at how you can show guests how much you appreciate their being present by making them feel truly welcome.
Planners tend to set up a floor plan based on space and available furniture. That completely makes sense. Unless, of course, you have the means to base your design and seating arrangements on your guests’ needs, your priorities, and helping everyone feel included.
Informal events tend to be laissez-faire—more along the lines of musical chairs (think—who nabs the seat close to the dessert table?)
Corporate events are intentionally more result-oriented. Who are the participants and what is the objective of the event: a meeting; presentation; awards ceremony; celebration; conference or trade show, or break-out social time?