Mutsy - Wow. I didn’t know that there was so much thought that went into seating arrangements. I know that an event coordinator working for a hotel can also help you with the menu planning and provide you with referrals to other providers so that you can even plan a party or a wedding on your own if you choose too.
I have gotten some great referrals this way and I have never had a problem with any of my events. I even planned my own wedding this way and it was a fantastic event.
People love giving you additional referrals and event coordinators are no different. Sometimes if you mention that you were referred by the event coordinator the service provider might give you a discount or a better price on the service that you need.