Weddings are a joyous occasion, and with the proper planning on the details can make things less stressful, tie all the elements and parts of your day together seamlessly, and without much effort on the day of.
One of the areas where you can plan is your ceremony. From a traditional standpoint, there has been assigned seating. If you knew the bride, then you would be seated on left. And if you knew the groom, well then you would find yourself seated on the right. But we know that with time things have changed and mixed seating is more popular than ever!
Here are the benefits of having unassigned seating during your ceremony:
- It creates an atmosphere of unity, love, and joy across the church, garden, or venue as the two become one. And no matter where the bride and groom looks throughout ceremony they will see the blending of their families as they commit their love one to another.
- It creates balance. You know how when you see some wedding photos, there is always that one side that is fuller than the other? Not exactly picture perfect, and sore on the eyes, right? With having your guests evenly or near balanced on each side, opens the door for a great photo. Your photographer can capture great shots from the rear, aerial, or frontal views.
- It relieves stress on the guests who know both the bride and the groom personally, and saves them from having a quilt complex of having to choose one side over the other.
I am sure there are more reasons, but these 3 are the prominent ones.
So should you decide to have unassigned seating at your ceremony, announce it with a beautiful sign and in your own voice (meaning make it uniquely as possible). Below are a few examples of how you can creatively let your guests know that they can "Choose a seat and not a side", in a elegant, bold, and warm way.