Here’s a good question we’re asked all the time by couples: how to reserve a seat at your ceremony. Traditionally, ceremony protocol (thanks to etiquette experts at Emily Post) dictates that several rows on either side of the aisle are always reserved for immediate family members of the couple.
While most guests generally know not to sit too close to the front, as it is usually reserved, a seat sign is still a great way to make sure those seats are saved in advance. This is especially important if you are seating guests with no sides, as in “sit wherever you’d like“, since people will, in fact, sit wherever they wish and who doesn’t want front-row seats at your ceremony? :)
To avoid this awkward faux pas, there are two ways to do it:
Option 1: You could rely on ushers to seat guests at row 3 and back only, but what if someone arrives late and takes the seat anyway? No one wants to play bouncer at the ceremony. ;)
But that option isn’t that great since you might not even have ushers at your wedding. And no one wants to tap someone’s shoulder and ask them to move.
So, let’s focus on Option 2: Print a reserved seat sign for each special space.
Bride-to-be, Sara, wrote us recently with this latest Ask Emmaline question. She writes,
“Hi, Emmaline Bride! I want to save a seat for my grandmother and grandfather at my wedding. I don’t need to save the entire row for them, so do you know where I can get a seat sign just for their chairs? If possible I would like something with their names on it to make it special. Thank you!”
Great question! As you pointed out, a reserved sign at the end of the aisle is a great way to save an entire row. For specific seats or a seat sign with his or her name personalized on it (great idea, btw, they’ll love it!) is available from MatchSetLove and you can even edit it and print it out yourself.
This reserved seat sign is a great way to save a spot for your grandparents, flower girl, ring bearer, Maid of Honor, reader, usher, etc.
And who doesn’t love a sign customized with his or her name?! This is a great way to add a personalized touch.
Take a look at these seat signs for your ceremony. Liezel is amazing!
How to Reserve Seats at Weddings
These printables make reserving seats are your ceremony so much easier. Since you can buy the digital file and get printing ASAP, you can even tackle this to-do if your wedding is right around the corner.
Here are a few designs available in the shop.
What do you think of these? Which design is your favorite? Are you going to reserve seats at your ceremony? How many or for whom? Tell us in the comment box below!