Post # 1
My parents went to a really fabulous, over the top wedding this past weekend. They said one thing that they did was have all of the bridemaids and groomsmen except for the maid of honor and best man, sit down during the ceremony. Has anyone done this or seen this? What do you think? I do think its a cool idea and we’re thinking of doing a ceremony in the round, so I was already wondering where the heck the wedding party was going to be standing for that type of set up. Plus, its a Jewish wedding so my parents, my fiance’s mom, plus our chuppah holders and Rabbi will also be standing up there with us already (so it wouldn’t be as though we were standing up there alone). What do you think? Hearing about any experiences with that kind of thing would be greatly appreciate!!
Post # 3
I was in my cousins wedding in September and we sat down during the ceremony. We are Catholic and it was really nice to not have to stand in heels for over an hour! The only thing I didn’t like however was that the brides parents and my aunt and uncle were in the 2nd row of pews behind us. I would want my parents to sit in the first row if it were me. So yea, it is nice and because your parents will be up there with you anyways, I’d say do it. Your bridal party will be very thankful!
Post # 4
I honestly didn’t realise that in the US everyone stands for the whole thing. In the UK it’s definitely the norm for everyone to sit down. Including the couple in religious ceremonies *edit* obviously not for the whole thing, just the sermon and readings and so on.
Post # 5
This summer at one of my best friend’s wedding I was in the bridal party and Fiance was the best man. It was a larger bridal party so the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man stood with the couple and the rest of us sat during the ceremony. I was wearing stupidly tall heels so I was QUITE grateful that we sat! I think it’s a good idea for larger wedding parties. (I have seven bridesmaids so I am considering that too!). 🙂
Post # 6
I recently went to a ceremony “in the round” where the guests made up three quarters of the circle (picture three pie pieces). Then, the bridal party sat along the other side, completing the circle. It was great!
Post # 7
Yeah I’ve been to plenty of weddings where the bridal party sat, and the bride and groom even sit for part of it. I haven’t seen them take up the pews though, usually they get their own seats just off to the sides.
Post # 8
As a Catholic, I’ve been to many Catholic weddings, and due to the length of our ceremonys sitting is basically a comfort requirement!
Post # 9
My bridesmaids and groomsmen sat during the ceremony. My husband and I sat for some portions too. I’m not a big fan of continuous standing during weddings.
Post # 10
thanks everyone for the great feebback. Im glad this is something that so many of you have seen before. Jewish ceremonies aren’t particularly long (20-25 minutes), but when my mom brought it up, I thought maybe it would be a good idea, as the ceremony in the round basically creates four aisles (as edub was saying…its like a pie with 4 pieces) and I wasn’t sure where the bridal party was going to stand. Thanks everyone! Im thinking more and more that this will be a good idea.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2012 - The Old Field Club
We did it at my cousin’s wedding a year ago- it was a secular ceremony so it wasn’t too long, but it was still nice to be able to sit!