Post # 1
Do you really need ushers? Besides seating, are they suppose to do something else? If we discuss seating with VIP people and family before the wedding, can I eliminate the need? I feel bad asking extra people to rent suits. Did any of you other brides not have ushers? Thanks!
Post # 3
@engleman10513: They certainly aren’t necessary, but if I’m walking into a venue/church that I am unfamiliar with, a good set of ushers and a friendly hostess are worth their weight in gold. They make the guests feel welcome, help with coats, gifts, tell you where the bathroom is and hand you a program. They’ll get Granny to her seat, take her special Pre-Wedding note to the bride in her suite and even get her a glass of water if she needs it.
Post # 4
How many people do you have attending? I think if you have a ton of people, it may be helpful. That said, it’s been a loooong time since I attended a wedding with an usher and I’ve been to weddings where the guest list was probably 300+.
I generally think people know where to sit and most people know not to sit in the front few rows unless they’re family. I think you can rope those off if you like. It’s nice to have someone pass out programs at the door but if you have a basket + sign, it’s fine.