Do You Need Seating Assignments at Your Ceremony?

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette

Whether you're having a big wedding with 250 guests or an intimate affair with just your nearest and dearest, you'll want to make sure your parents, siblings, and grandparents have a front-row seat at the ceremony. Here's how you can be sure your immediate family have the best seats in the house instead of someone like your fiancé's second cousin and his new girlfriend.

Wedding guests usually know that the first three rows are reserved for family and other important people — even if there isn't a big sign that reads "For Family Only." But if it's left unsaid, there's always the chance someone might assume seating (including the first row) is first come, first serve.

See more: How Can I Seat My Remarried Parents At My Wedding So That Everyone Feels Equally Important?

To ease everyone's worries on seating arrangements, make the first few rows assigned seating. That way if someone comes a few minutes late, they will still possess the spot you wanted them to originally have. In order to make sure everyone knows that the first few rows are for VIPs, wrap a ribbon decoratively around the seats or make name cards to place on the spaces you want reserved. Have a few ushers — they can be groomsmen or people you chose beforehand — escort the people you would like in the first row to their appointed seats.

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