Post # 1
Is it necessary to mark the first row/aisle seats of front row as reserved for parents and whoever else is walking down the aisle or is it common knowledge that a random guest shouldn’t sit there? I can’t say I’ve ever paid attention to this detail at weddings… If yes, do you just put a card or something on the seat of the chair or mark it on the back of the chair, visible from behind?
Post # 2
missoptimism: I think that most people know the front row is reserved for immediate family, but many weddings require more than one row reserved. If the parents are divorced, often the Mom is seated in the first row with family of her choice, and Dad is in the second row. If the bride or groom has older siblinhs who are married and have children, it is highly likely they will need 2 or 3 rows reserved.
You can place a tent card on the pew or place a sign on the aisle end of the pew.
Your ushers should be aware of who is to be seated in these reserved rows so Great Aunt twice removed doesn’t convince them she is family.
Post # 3
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the first row specifically marked as for immediate family. Generally when the ushers/groomsman seat people they leave the first row empty.
Post # 4
I think everyone knows that the first row is for immediate family. I’ve never seen anyone else sit there.
Post # 5
I agree that this is what ushers are typically for.
Post # 6
julies1949: echomomm: We won’t be having ushers. I think I’ll put up tent cards to be safe. Thanks!
Post # 7
missoptimism: If you’re using cards or signs, I reccommend “Reserved” rather than “Family”. Family is vague and exclusionary. Reserved is less of a judgement call. You’re not saying “you can’t sit here because we don’t consider you family”, you’re just saying “someone else is sitting here.”