Our Favorite Ways to Designate Reserved Seats at the Ceremony

Get creative with the VIP seating at your wedding ceremony

Updated 01/27/17

Lauren Peele Photography

Not sure how to reserve seats at your wedding ceremony for family members? We've got you covered. Your parents, immediate family members, and grandparents deserve a front row seat to your "I dos," and while it’s always a good idea to appoint ushers to help handle reserved seating, it’s also thoughtful to go the extra step into making “reserved” row or chair signs. If someone unknowingly sits in a reserved row or seat, it’s a bit awkward for the usher to have to ask him or her to move, but you can avoid this sticky situation altogether by planning ahead and making clear “reserved” seating signs to let other guests know these seats are taken.

And while there are so many cute and clever ways to designate these special ceremony seats, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ideas to help inspire your own celebration.

Above: Wood “Reserved” Sign
The easiest way to reserve rows of seats during the ceremony is with a sign—this will very clearly signal to other guests that this row is taken. You could opt for something simple, like signs made from heavy card stock and strung with ribbon in your wedding’s color scheme; or, you could choose something unique like these hand-painted wooden signs. Hang them on the chairs positioned along the aisle so they are in plain view for all guests to see.

Caroline Tran

Chalkboard Signs
If you’re planning to reserve specific seats for VIP family members, then designate each guest’s chair by hanging a hand-lettered chalkboard sign from each seat. It also makes for such a wonderful photo opp, don’t you think?

Catherine Leonard Photography

Individual Reserved Signs
Alternatively, instead of chalkboard signs, you could print smaller “reserved” signs for VIP family members and tie them to the back of each guest’s chair with twine or thin ribbon.

Jake Thomas Photography

Clip-On Chalkboard Signs
These adorable heart-shaped chalkboard signs are an easy way to assign specific seats at your ceremony—simply write guests’ names and clip them to the back of each chair.

The de Jaureguis

Sprigs of Lavender
If saving specific seats is not necessary at your ceremony, then designate general reserved seating by placing a simple “reserved” sign on each chair cushion. We love the elegant look of this calligraphed shipping tag—it’s also tied to a little bundle of fresh, fragrant lavender.

Jen Huang

Ribbons
Alternatively, you could skip the signs altogether and designate reserved seating by draping long lengths of ribbon across the saved rows.

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