Etiquette for Wedding Ceremony Seating

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Etiquette for wedding ceremony seating states that the bride's family and friends sit on the left of the altar and the groom's friends and family sit on the right side of the altar. Reserve the first few pews for the immediate family of each side with information from an experienced event coordinator in this free video on weddings.

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Hi I'm Becky Sosa with Stress Free Events and I'd like to talk to you about etiquette for wedding ceremony seating. Traditional wedding ceremony seating is practiced here in the United States is usually the Christian seating. Even if you are having a non Christian wedding the seating is still appropriate as far as etiquette is concerned. If you are not sure what is appropriate for your wedding check with the person that is overseeing your wedding or your church and see if they have any special guidelines. But the traditional seating does have that the bridal family is seated on the left of the alter or marrying area and the groom's family is seated on the right. Have your ushers ask when your guest come in, are they friends and family of the bride or the groom and they will seat the family in the areas that you've designated for family and they'll seat your friends just behind them. Reserve the front few pews for your immediate family, your siblings that may not be in the wedding party and your parents. If you have a divorce situation in your family, take that into consideration. If your parents get along you would want to sit them next to each other in the front pew. If for some reason they do not get along the mother of the bride or mother of the groom is going to sit in the front pew with their guests and the father of the bride and father of the groom would sit behind them. These are some things to consider in the etiquette of wedding ceremony seating.


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