With everything happening leading up to your wedding, seating is the last thing you want to be worried about on your big day. From different layouts, seating options, and seating arrangements, there are many things to consider!

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First, you want to think about your seating options. If you go with chairs, you're going to want to decide what kind of chairs you want, as well as what color you wish to have for your ceremony. You can get chairs in pretty much any color, so make sure you consider that before deciding. Traditional chairs aren’t the only option, though! You can use benches or even mismatched couches, love seats, and chairs! This can be an expensive option, so make sure that if it is something you want to do, you factor it into the budget. 

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Another thing to think about when it comes to seating is how you want to arrange it. If you do traditional chairs, you can always do simple rows, but if you have a special ceremony area that you're working with, you can get creative with it. For example, if you're getting married under a gazebo, arrange the chairs in a circular pattern around the gazebo so that guests can see you from different angles, and your pictures will look cool! Don’t feel confined to the traditional rows, but make sure that whatever you choose, it is practical. If you decide to do something different, like the couches and love seats, arrange them around the area that you will be standing but don’t feel like they need to be touching. Space them out and have fun with the arrangement; especially if you have different colors and styles, because you can mix and match them!

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You may be considering a seating chart for your reception, but make sure you're making one for the right reasons. If you have a lot of people that you know will want to sit together, or a lot of people that you know won’t want to sit together, this is when a seating chart will come in handy. You can seat the right people next to each other and avoid some awkward run-ins for certain guests. Keep in mind that a seating chart is not always necessary, and if you want to make sure that a few tables are reserved for family and the wedding party, you can put reserved signs on them, as opposed to making an entire seating chart for all of the guests that show up.