October 23, 2019
Reserving seating at the ceremony can be tricky. While it’s fairly common knowledge that the front row on each side is reserved for the bride and groom’s immediate family, we still suggest reserving those seats to make it clear. Sometimes, you need VIP seating in more that just the first row based on how many members of your immediate family will be attending. For this reason, we suggest “Reserved” signs for either the entire row or just certain chairs.
All you’ll really need is some signage, a little ribbon and an usher or two. First, let your ushers know which rows are reserved. Then, as they’re escorting guests to their seats, they can either seat family members in the designated rows or seat other guests behind them. Or, if your ushers will be providing more directions than actually escorting guests they can say something like “Please sit wherever you’d like, the reserved rows are for immediate family only”.
We really love those calligraphed “Reserved” signs that you can print yourself (we suggest using thick cardstock), or pick up a pack of pre-made signs that are self standing. Don’t forget to consider what type of seating you are using for the ceremony. Attaching a sign to a pew is very different than attaching a sign to a chair or a bench. And signs for outdoor weddings will need to be affixed to prevent them from blowing away. Figure out what type of signage and attachment method works best for your seating. And don’t forget to have someone remove the signage before the wedding starts (especially if it’s not particularly attractive), as you don’t want the signs flapping in the wind in all of your pictures!