Post # 1
Our chapel is shaped like a cross with a center platform where the 4 sides meet. There is seating on all 4 sides of the ‘cross’. This means, I can seat people on either side of Fiance and I.
I’d like to reserve these sides for family. And, as I was thinking about it – while it’s traditional for my family to sit behind me – I personally like looking at the face of the party I’m closest too. So, for that reason, I was thinking about having my family on FI’s ‘side’ facing me.
Do you think this will cause any issues with anyone??
Post # 3
I’m planning my 2nd wedding, but I can tell you that for my 1st wedding, I wasn’t paying attention to the audience. In fact, I was completely oblivious to them! I don’t think you’ll notice who is sitting where during the ceremony.
You don’t have to follow the traditional seating. My fiance and I aren’t having “sides”, people are just going to sit whereever. (Especailly since my family is tiny and his family is huge, it would be way out-of-whack.)
Post # 4
It’s not so much about who I see, but more for who is seeing me. Meaning – at weddings where I know the bride and sit on the brides side, I’m seeing the back of her head and the profile of the groom. So, I can see the groom’s expressions more, etc.
I’d think my family would want to see more of my face vs. my fiances – but, didn’t want to throw off the traditionalists who felt the need to sit ‘on the brides/grooms “side”‘.
Post # 5
If you want your family to see your face and your reactions, then sit them opposite! It really is up to you where the ushers direct them. Traditional weddings are far and few between now and everyone is making their wedding unique to fit their ideas and their preferences. I say go for it!