Have you ever attended a wedding ceremony, but didn’t get to enjoy it because you couldn’t see a thing? Think outside the box and impress your guests with unique seating arrangements that also offer a great view of that special moment!

Circular Seating

Start by elevating the bride and groom. Elevation of the platform will vary depending upon size of guest list.  Arrange rows of chairs in two semi circles so the guests are able to see the entire ceremony from different angles. If you would like to remain on the traditional side, simply straighten out the rows of chairs.

Now, let’s turn the tables. Rather than elevating the bride and the groom, elevate guests! This option requires more research, but is definitely doable.  Here are a few examples:

Amphitheatre Style Venue

This is a perfect idea for a spring to summer wedding or for couples who love the outdoors.  A Greek Amphitheatre with stone seating gives the ceremony site a unique touch and also allows for a clear view of the ceremony. Amphitheatre style seating will work in just about any outside venue. In place of stone seating, consider a simple inclined grassy hill to give guests the same effective clear view.

Stadium Style Venue

This type of seating style is similar to amphitheatre style seating, however the only difference is that it is typically indoors and ideal for a winter wedding.

Wedding ceremony seating not only applies to the arranging of seats but also to the type of seats used. Here are several examples of alternative seating:

Hay bales

If you are going for a more rustic theme, hay bales add the perfect country feel! You can always add some fabric to match your wedding colors.

Ghost chairs

For a more crystal, elegant theme, ghost chairs would look very classy. Often times you see ghost chairs being used for the sweetheart table, but it also works well as ceremony seating.


Beach weddings are perfect for the summer time. Pillows as seats give the guests a chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy that warm sand between their toes!

Personalize your ceremony with various seating arrangements that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Remember, there is no wrong or right way, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Have fun!


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