Post # 1
We have decided to not have ushers as our wedding party is very simple, one on each side no flower girl or ring barrer.. So For your catholic ceremony have you decided to do the same? & if so how are you planning on the programs to be handed out/telling the guests where to sit?
Post # 3
I didn’t have ushers. Mine wasn’t a Catholic ceremony, but regardless I’ve found that people are quite capable of taking a program out of a basket and finding their own seat 🙂
Post # 4
@brittbrust123: I was actually just think about this today. We are not having any ushers either. Just the best man, 1 groomsman, 2 bridesmaids an maid of honor. Love to hear other’s input! I think I may just put the programs in a basket by the door?
Post # 5
We had ushers. I didn’t want them at first, but somebody has to seat the grandmothers! An usher seated my mother too, since my parents are divorced. Apparently some people use groomsmen for that, but I wanted mine with Darling Husband at all times. As for programs, we just put them in a basket by the door. That wasn’t an issue.
Post # 6
I hadn’t really thought about this, but I dont’ think we’re going to have ushers. We are having a Catholic wedding…but it is a very small church. and I want people to just choose a seat, not a side since my family is much larger. So I think I just want to put a sign in the back telling people to sit wherever. And programs in a basket.
Post # 7
I will have ushers as well as groomsmen. Sure, people can show themselves to their seats, although many like some direction or assistance or might have a question such as “where is the bathroom”, “did I park my car in an illegal zone”… the ushers should know this practical information. Also, unescorted ladies might expect to be escorted to their seat as well.
The programs will be in a basket in a visible place, guests will pick these up themselves.
Post # 8
We didn’t have them and everything went fine. People found seats, it’s not rocket science. Honestly being “ushered” to my seat by a total stranger has always felt TOTALLY awkward to me, especially when my husband just trails behind us. We just used the groomsmen to walk grandmothers and my mother down the aisle and they came back and entered again as a group with my husband. Our ring bearer handed out programs, but you could always just display them on a table at the entrance.
Post # 9
We are just using two groomsmen as ushers. Nothing fancy 🙂
Post # 10
We are not going to use ushers. Some people have pointed out to me “who’s going to sit your grandmothers?” and I simply respond that cousins and uncle have all stated they will sit them. I do not find it necessary in our situation because both of them will arrive a bit early to be seated in the front (one being my 90-year old gramdma). As far for our guests, our coordinator will instruct them which is the groom’s and bride’s side. Eliminating the ushers is one less headache for me 🙂
Post # 11
We’re also not doing Ushers…or ring bearers and flower girls. We are getting married in a catholic church and will have the program basket located by the door. I’m totally for guests mingling and sitting wherever throughout the ceremony, so I’m not concerned about that…although we’ll do something to indicate Bride’s side and Groom’s side (along the pews or something) for some of the guests who would prefer to sit behind their perspective person. Brother in laws (which are not in the bridal party) of the groom and bride will walk down grandparents, and parents as well. I think it should go pretty smoothly. 🙂
Post # 12
We had no ushers, and I assigned the groomsmen to hand out programs. It kept them out of trouble while they waited for the ceremony to start!