Following on from my recent post on Wedding Chair Covers CLICK HERE, I wanted to give you a quick tip about wedding ceremony seating. Most couples agonise over the seating plan for their wedding breakfast (the big main meal is called the wedding breakfast because it’s the first meal of your marriage), but today I want to talk about wedding ceremony seating.
I’m a great believer in the importance of the wedding ceremony, it sets the tone for the whole day. I actually believe the music the bride enters the ceremony to (the processional) is the most important piece of music at a wedding. Even before that, the welcome the ushers and groomsmen give to the attending family and friends can make a huge difference to the feel of the day.
Traditionally the bridegrooms family would sit behind him on the right (looking from the back of the room as you enter) with the brides family on the right. These days many couples go with the “pick a seat and not a side” and everyone to mix and mingle instead.
Either is absolutely fine with me, what I do want you to think about is wedding ceremony seating as far as making a plan in advance. This post was prompted by a couple of pictures I found today when I was looking through my huge library of photos on my desktop.
These pictures were taken at Charlotte and Sam’s wedding at Marwell a while back. They thought about their wedding ceremony seating and made sure the right number of chairs were reserved for the members of the wedding party. Now this may seem obvious but many couples don’t do this.
Make a plan, find out how many chairs are in a row either side of the aisle and allocate places. If you have people doing readings, singing, or joining you to sign the register, make sure they can get to the front easily. Think about guests in wheelchairs or with pushchairs … how can you make everything work with nobody getting embarrassed because they can’t find a suitable place. Brief your ushers on this and make sure they know what they are doing.
I can talk about this kind of stuff for hours and if you have any questions I’d be glad to answer them.
PLEASE CLICK HERE for my previous post about Charlotte and Sam’s wedding.
So make sure you think about your wedding ceremony seating.