Comfort is one of the most overlooked features of a wedding ceremony. The scenery and staging are essential, but having seating for your guests will allow you to perform the service you want, without having fidgety or uncomfortable guests. Ceremony seating will make your guests comfortable while you say your vows, which is the most important and sacred aspect of your wedding.
Most couples are working with a space limit and a budget, and both can lead a couple to think about asking guests to stand at the ceremony. However, you need to consider how long your ceremony is going to be and who is going to be in attendance. Your younger guests may be okay standing. But you’ll most likely have some grandparents and elderly guests in attendance that won’t be able to stand for an entire ceremony. If you plan on making a bit of a production out of your ceremony to heighten the importance and the celebration, then it can be tough on everyone to stay standing.
Reserved Ceremony Seating
Ceremony seating doesn’t just provide comfort for your guests, but it also allows you a bit of control. Reserve the first rows of seating for your closest friends and family so that they get the best view possible. If you have friends or family that are part of the ceremony, make sure that they are seated in a prime position to be seen and heard by everyone.
Asking Guests to Stand
If you have guests stand, whether to save space for the aesthetics or to avoid having to rent another 100 ceremony chairs, there will be a few limitations to your ceremony. Keeping the ceremony brief is essential when asking guests to stand. You also want to make sure that you aren’t ushering your guests to the ceremony unless you are ready to go. Asking them to stand around is only going to add to the discomfort, making your guests agitated. You also have to keep in mind that your guests aren’t wearing their comfortable shoes, so don’t make them stand for too long.
If you are going to have some guests – or all guests – standing, make sure you let everyone know ahead of time so they can be prepared, both mentally and in terms of choosing footwear.
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