Post # 1
Two of my three bridesmaids are going to be 8 months pregnant at the wedding. We are getting married inside in a heated/air conditioned room and they can wear whatever shoes they want, no demands on heels. The ceremony will be no longer than 20 minutes, and it will be on a small riser.
My original plan (not thinking about the pregnancy) was to have the wedding party stand up on our sides during the ceremony. We don’t have a ton of extra room in the “pews” and we’re planning on having family in the first row.
Then I thought maybe I could put chiavari chairs up where they would normally be standing and they could sit during the ceremony. However, photos of people sitting generally aren’t very flattering and I think it might look odd in the photos.
I could see if there’s a way to make the riser slightly smaller and put the chairs on the floor off to the sides. Or, we could just have chairs up on the riser “in case” but not plan on having them used unless someone isn’t feeling well.
What are your thoughts? I’ll ask the bridesmaids as it gets closer but don’t want to bombard them with over-thought wedding stuff right now. My preference is to have them standing (with open chairs nearby in case one of them doesn’t feel well), but I don’t know if that’s an unrealistic request.
I also can’t find any good photos of layouts for chairs for a wedding party during the ceremony, but I’m probably googling the wrong things.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings
A friends wedding was a full Catholic Mass and the whole wedding party sat in the front pew execpt for the bride/ groom and Maid/Matron of Honor and best man. I agree that it would look… not good if they were sitting up there in any sort of chairs. And having empty chairs up there… odd. If they are going to sit (which I bet they will want to) just make space in the front pew. How about the wedding party can all be up there and then at a certain point, maybe before a reading, they all sit?
Post # 4
I’ve worked up until my due dates with two of my pregnancies, jobs where I was standing for long periods. Twenty minutes isn’t too bad, but every pregnancy is different.
I agree with PP, maybe have the bridal party sit in the front row. (I think chairs might look funny) I like the look of bride and groom by themselves anyway 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks guys. There will only be 5 seats in each row on each side of the aisle, so it is really narrow. There’s already drama about where parents are going to sit (divorced families), so I don’t want to bump them back any further. I may be able to put chairs for the bridal party sort of out to the side diagonally off the first row though.
I like the idea of having them stand up there through the first reading.
Post # 6
I would not want to stand for more than 5 minutes on my feet (if I didn’t really have to) at 8 months prenant. If you can figure out a way for them to take a seat after the first introductions and readings, that would work.