Post # 1
We are having a small wedding (48 people).
We have rented chairs for the ceremony and will need to seat 43 people (the other 5 will be at the front).
We are doing 4 rows of 6 chairs on either side of the aisle, which will mean we will have 48 chairs but only 43 guests seated. So, in the last row, there will be 2 empty chairs on one side and 3 on the other side.
My question is…will this look weird?? I thought it might look worse to have the last row with fewer chairs than the rest, plus it gives people a bit more choice in where they sit in the back rows.
Many thoughts on this would be appreciated!! 🙂
Post # 2
That sounds normal, to keep things balanced I think most weddings have a few empty seats.
Post # 3
I’d go for more chairs than that. Families and couples like to sit together and you might end up having the odd single seats, here and there.
Post # 4
we had enough seats but because of how people sat (leaving an odd seat in between some groups) at least 3 or 4 people ended up with no seat (technically they could have gone an squeezed in but they wanted to be near wife etc)
I think that having a few extras is a good idea since people don’t generally fill in perfectly – no one is going to notice a few seats extra (but I do think that like having double the seats vs people would be a bit odd)
Post # 5
I do not think that will be a problem at all!
Post # 6
It will be fine – I’d honestly consider having even more extra seats, like maybe an extra row worth of seats on each side in addition to the several that are technically extra on each side already. Like littlemisshostess
said, people don’t fill in the seats perfectly because they have certain people they want to sit next to. You can give them a bit more flexibility by having a few more chairs.
Post # 7
It’s a perfect amount, domt spend more renting chairs that won’t get used and the ones that are empty will be spaced out like others said so won’t look weird or noticeable in pics
Post # 8
I never even thought about that, I think no one really notices that kind of thing anyway, worrying about something like that sounds like worrying way too much in my opinion. 🙂 My venue already comes with seats for about 120 people I believe, and I only have about 75-80 guests. I think the more options the guests have the better, instead of being all cranked up in the same space. As a guest I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable with an amount of seats that is too exact to the number of guests. I understand that renting chairs makes it a harder decision though, but if I were you, I’d probably rent a whole extra row.