Wedding Church Ceremony: Who sits where?

When it comes to wedding church ceremonies a common question that pops up is who sits where. Follow these simple tips and advice for a seamless flow. 

Where do our parents sit?
The parents of the bride sit on the left in the first pew, while the groom’s parents sit on the right of the first pew.

How about our immediate family?
It’s always best to reserve the first few pews on either side, as these will seat the rest of your immediate family. Your ushers should ideally have a list of these family members, so they can easily be escorted to their seats.


Ditch the tradition?

Now, the wedding ceremony seating etiquette I mentioned above is the traditional way of doing things. However, in these modern times more and more people are throwing tradition out the window and asking their guests to not pick a side and to sit where they please.

Other things to consider…

  • If you have any guests with a physical disability it’s probably best to reserve them a seat at the end of the pews
  • Elderly relatives should be seated as close as possible to the front.
  • Guests in wheelchairs or on crutches should sit at the end of a pew.

Hope this helped! If you’ve any question leave a comment below…

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Wedding Etiquette: Wedding Banns

Are you getting married in a church? If the answer is yes then you need to beware of the specific paperwork that needs to be completed before you take your vows. Today I’ll give you the low-down on what wedding banns are, why they are a necessity, and what happens through the process. And you thought you just had to turn up in your beautiful white gown and walk down the aisle, didn’t you!

So, what are banns?
An announcement in the church you will marry in of your intention to wed. It also gives the opportunity for anyone to give a reason why you and your partner should not legally marry. Now, this is a very ancient tradition, and usually most of the people who attend the church would have known the couple and therefore would have known if there was any lawful reason why they could not get married. Nowadays, more and more couples are choosing to wed in churches that they have not attended regularly or at all, so this shouldn’t really be an issue (fingers crossed lol).

Your banns are read out in the churches of where both of you live and also in the church you intend to marry in (if it is a different church). They are read out for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding.

There are specific fees associated with the reading of your banns. Currently, for each church your banns is read at this will cost you £21, and your banns certificate will cost £13. When booking your ceremony, you and your partner should be given a breakdown of the real time costs involved.

What if there isn’t enough time for our banns to be read?
The Common Licence procedure will be required. Again, when booking your ceremony, you should be advised if you will need a Common Licence.

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