5 Unique Wedding Ceremony Seating Ideas

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Updated 01/11/18

Photo by Aaron Delesie

If you’re looking for a way to make your wedding ceremony feel fresh and memorable, consider one of the first things your guests will see once they arrive—their ceremony seats. Instead of the expected straight rows, why not switch up your ceremony seating plan? Rearranging the chairs into interesting shapes—like squares, semi-circles, and even spirals—can make your ceremony feel more intimate and inclusive (you’ll literally be surrounded by your loved ones!).

Of course, you’ll need to adapt your seating plan to work with your ceremony space, but as long as you’ve accounted for the number of guests and ensured that everyone has a good view of the ceremony proceedings at the altar, anything goes. Keep reading to see some of the most creative ceremony seating arrangements we’ve seen.

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Ceremony In the Round

Caroline Tran

Arrange your seats in a circular pattern so you're literally surrounded by your loved ones—it’ll make everyone feel included in the ceremony, instead of just looking on. We love how this couple chose translucent ghost chairs; they’re the perfect choice since you wouldn’t want anything to detract from such a spectacular view.

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Circular Ceremony Seating (Intimate)

Nicolette Moku Photography

A circular-seating style also works for more intimate ceremonies, as well. Arrange the seats so that you’re encircled by your guests; you could also add lush garlands of fresh greenery and flowers to help define the center space. Be sure to leave an aisle (or two!) to help with traffic flow.

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Square Ceremony Seating (Chairs on Three Sides)

Jose Villa

If you’re planning to exchange vows beneath a large ceremony structure, like a chuppah, arrange the chairs so that they surround the structure; this way, your guests will have better views of the ceremony all around.

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Half-Circle Ceremony Seating

Caroline Tran

Instead of arranging the chairs in straight rows, curve them to create a semi-circle shape, which feels a bit cozier and more intimate. Bonus: Guests seated furthest away from the aisle will have a much-improved view.

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Spiral Ceremony Seating

Idena Beach Photography

Make an outdoor wedding a bit more intimate by setting up chairs in a spiral. This will create a dramatic, winding aisle—plus, how amazing will it be to see each and every guest as you circle your way to the center?

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