Ceremony seating scheme


02 January 2023

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Ceremony seating scheme

Let’s take a look at the top ingredients a couple needs in order to prepare a ceremony of success. It is very important to take care of every single detail when it comes to weddings but let’s keep in mind that the ceremony is the heart of the day.

The aisle runner was believed to protect the couple from evil spirits lurking in the floorboards. It is also symbolic of the holy ground where two lives are united by God as one and represents purity and innocence. A more practical purpose for the white aisle runner at the church or for outdoor spaces is to protect the bottom portion of the bride’s wedding dress. 

Regarding the ceremony seating typically, the first and second rows are reserved for immediate family—parents, siblings, and grandparents; the third through fifth rows are for aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, stepfamily, and other special guests. The rest of the seats are fair game for everyone else.

The setup can be traditional, amphitheater or in the round.

  • In the first case chairs or benches are arranged in straight rows, like you would see at a church, facing the altar. The aisle divides the rows into two groups. The disadvantage of this type of setup is that your backs are to your guests for the majority of the ceremony.

  • In the amphitheater scheme guests are seated in semicircles, around the altar. The rows are tiered like stadium seats. This arrangement affords guests a better view of the ceremony, which lends the guests to a stronger connection to the couple. 

  • The last option sees your guests seated in a circle around the altar, keeping you front and center. In this case all of your guests have a great view of the action, and it gives your ceremony a more intimate feel. The issue here is simple: you will inevitably have your backs to a row of guests, making them feel more shut out than they might if your backs were to everyone, so you may want to switch your placement throughout the ceremony.

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