We’re sharing ideas on how to reserve seats at ceremony for family members. For more tips and wedding planning advice, be sure to follow along!
Hi, loves! Today we’re tackling how to reserve seats at the ceremony. Your parents, immediate family members, and grandparents deserve VIP seating at your wedding ceremony and we’re sharing some ideas to make reserving chairs or rows super easy. It’s true that you can appoint ushers to handle reserved seating; however, if someone sits in your reserved row or rows without knowing it, you don’t want to embarrass them by being asked to move. Instead, plan ahead and keep things nice and easy with obvious signage in place. Here’s how to do it!
How to Reserve Seats at Ceremony
There are many ways to reserve signs. Here are the top three ways to go about it. You’ll only need to use an adornment / signage on the first chair (from the aisle) in each row you wish to reserve — each individual seat is not necessary.
1. Use pew bow or ribbons
At the very least, a pew bow or simple ribbon (something like this or this would work) set apart from any other decorations will alert guests that this row is taken. If you’re using pew bows or ribbons on each row, simply make the reserved bows a different color to set them apart.
To reserve the first row, you can decorate just the backs of chairs with colorful ribbon. You can make this yourself with 3/8″ ribbon (like this) in the colors of your choice. Use double-faced satin ribbon like this so it looks great from all angles.
2. Adorn the chair with flowers
Use ribbon to attach a few rose stems to a pew bench…
… or use a hanging mason jar filled with flowers to reserve seats at your ceremony.
Or a single large bloom, like a protea as one example, can signal the row is taken.
3. A sign
The most popular way to reserve seats is with a sign! It can be as simple as a heavy card-stock sign with holes punched on the sides and attached with pretty satin ribbon in your wedding colors.
It’s very easy to make these yourself.
Or, take this task off of your list by having them pre-made for you. We found these on Etsy.
Hope it helps :) If you have any questions, just ask them in the comments below!