Wedding Ceremony Q&As

Answers to who walks when, who stands where, and other ways to make sure your ceremony is perfect.

Q: We expect most of our guests to stand during our outdoor ceremony, but we will have a few chairs set up for elderly relatives. How might we let them know this — and ensure that no one takes their seats? 

A: It’s considerate of you to provide seating for older guests. I think your best bet is to place “Reserved” signs on the backs of the chairs, so that others won’t assume it’s a “first come, first served” arrangement. You should also make sure that your ushers know exactly which relatives are to be seated and that they should escort these guests to their chairs. Should any of the other attendees take a seat, your ushers can politely ask them to stand for the service.

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