- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I’m trying to think of how to do our ceremony seating and was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to reserve seats for aunts/uncles/cousins, etc. I would love to reserve seats for them behind my parents and grandparents, but it just might be too much. It is a small church and there are only 7 seats per row… and to top it off my family (and extended family) are all divorced and have LOTS of kids. Also, we are going to have a VERY packed room on the day of the wedding, with little or no chairs to spare. Here is how our seating would look on my side (if I reserved seats for all aunts and uncles):
1st Row: mother, stepfather, grandparents (7 seats)
2nd Row: father, stepmother, grandparents (7 seats)
3rd Row: aunt, aunt, uncle, aunt, uncle, cousin, cousin (7 seats)
4th Row: uncle, aunt, cousin, cousin, cousin, cousin, uncle (7 seats)
5th Row: aunt, uncle, cousin, cousin, cousin, cousin (6 seats)
6th row: aunt, uncle, cousin, cousin, cousin, aunt, uncle (7 seats)
It is a small church and there are only 13 rows total on each side. That takes up about half of the rows on my side! And we are much closer to some of our friends than with extended family that we haven’t seen in years. Also, our ceremony is not formal at all.
Is it necessary to seat all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins right after the immediate family? I’m not sure what the etiquette is for this situation.
One other thing: should my 16 year old brother’s girlfriend sit with the family? We are inviting her, but they will have only been dating 4 months at the time of the wedding and with such tight seating, I’m not sure if I want her taking up one of the reserved chairs.
Thanks for your input!