Post # 1
Something I never would have considered in a million years:
Have the ushers seat only 2-4 people per pew (obviously, allow larger families to sit together). This way, you avoid photos of you walking down an “empty” looking aisle if you don’t have enough guests to fill up the whole church.
Here are a good and not-as-good example of seating in my chapel:
SEE THE DIFFERENCE?
Post # 3
Hmmm… the people in the back might feel a little cheated. I suspect if you have everyone sit up front and just do closer-up pictures you would get the same look. Just an opinion.
Post # 4
@babymilka74: I guess I don’t consider sitting to the far right, or to the far left any better than sitting towards the back center. I want a full look and feel throughout the chapel—I would not like to walk past 15 empty rows! Seems odd to me!
Post # 5
Hmm… that’s a tough one. I see merit to both. Sitting half way back and all the way on the side is tough. At least if people are sitting near the aisle they can take pictures of you.
You could also be very specific with your photographer and tell him to watch the angle.
Post # 6
hire extras and seat fillers! shouldn’t be a problem for you, virginiamarie, ppl are paying to get into your wedding! in all seriousness, it would kind of bug me too to see the empty pews, but i actually think the top photo looks really full and that the empty rows that are truly empty add drama. i think it more bugs me when each row is sparsely populated than several rows up front heavily populated. i also have these concerns about my dance floor photos (but clearly i’m a bit neurotic).