Do I Need to Save Seats for Family Members at the Ceremony?

Updated 05/13/14

Bryan Loves Fawn

You've probably spent hours slaving over the reception seating chart, but have you given thought to special seating at the wedding ceremony? Many couples also decide to assign seats at the ceremony for their family members to make sure they have a prime spot to witness their nuptials. But should you do this? And if you decide to do so, who gets a reserved seat? Our wedding experts are here to answer your ceremony seating questions in our daily post.

Do I need to save seats for family members at the ceremony?

It's always a thoughtful gesture to reserve ceremony seats for family members. This way, they are guaranteed a prime viewing spot as they watch you and your groom exchange wedding vows. And while most guests already know not to sit in the first couple of rows, it's a good idea to take the extra step and mark them as reserved to avoid any confusion. Block rows off by draping a length of ribbon or garland across the opening of the rows to prevent other guests from sitting there. You could go a step further by creating signs with printed names that are attached to each reserved seat. In addition, you'll want to brief your ushers on who gets a reserved seat (provide them with a printed list that they can refer to).

And as you're working out the reserved ceremony seating, keep in mind:

•Elderly guests should be seated near the front.

•Guests in wheelchairs or on crutches should sit at the end of a pew.

•The first four or five rows may be reserved for immediate and extended family (like aunts, uncles, cousins, and godparents) and other special guests (like the parents of a child attendant).

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