Pick a Seat, Not a Side

Photograph by Stacy Kokes. Used with permission.

A wedding is a celebration of two people — and their families — coming together. So forgo the typical, divisive seating arrangement and encourage guests to “pick a seat, not a side.” Create a warm, united atmosphere by posting a cute sign, and ask ushers to spread the word.

Another way to bring family and friends together is to opt for a circular seating arrangement. A wedding in-the-round makes for a more intimate experience for you and your guests. It also ensures everyone will have a clear view of the “I-dos.”

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re yours for the rest of your life — for better or worse. So why not get a jump start on the mixing and mingling? Forgoing antiquated seating traditions will help break the ice between clans — which means you’ll be free to enjoy the festivities without worrying about whether or not your grandmas see eye-to-eye on that whole Red Sox-Yankees debate.