Non-Traditional Ceremony Seating | Unique Brides

Let’s break away from the traditional ceremony seating and think outside the box for a minute.

A traditional ceremony has, more or less, a rectangle or square design, something like this:

ceremony seating

Non-Traditional Ceremony Seating

There are a number of ways you can make the ceremony seating for your guests unique and out of the norm. A lot will depend on the ceremony venue. If you use a church, synagogue or other formal religious location that has permanent seating, your hands may be tied.

If your religious facility uses folding chairs, talk to the officiant of coordinator and see if they would be willing to let you change up the normal format.

If you are being married outdoors, in a large banquet or event room, you probably have a better chance of using a non-traditional ceremony seating setup.

Ceremony Seating Ideas

One setup that I love is “in the round” or circular. There are a couple of variations but all are definitely out of the norm.

ceremony in the round Ben Godkin

Credit: Ben Godkin Photography via Style Me Pretty

I love the alter in the center. It makes a larger wedding seem more intimate as well.

Other ideas for non-traditional ceremony seating setup can include a half circle, a spiral, octagonal (with 4 aisles) or even a square with all guests face the center where the ceremony takes place.

spiral seating for ceremony

Spiral Seating by fallenazn on Reddit

Whether you use a non-traditional seating arrangement or not, you can add some unique flair to your ceremony by using non-traditional seating. Hay bails, hassocks or footstools, lounge furniture like chaises or sofas or even benches made from cinder blocks and planks.

Find something that goes along with your theme for the day and play it up in the seating at your ceremony. Something different, unique, will stand out in the memories of your guests!

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About the Author: With 20+ years in the wedding and event industry, I have seen a lot of unique, unusual and funky weddings. Every one of them were a journey of discovery and a reflection of the bride and groom. I had a ball and am now passing along some of those pearls of wisdom to today's brides and grooms. A wedding is personal -- it's about the two of you and your relationship -- let's make it as unique and offbeat as you each are! .


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