Unique Wedding Seating

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Your wedding seating…It doesn’t have to be in a straight line.  If you have an outdoor wedding, and weddings in the summer and fall are often outdoors, you can arrange the seating how you wish.  This option is a definite advantage over a church wedding.  While a church wedding is of vital importance to many, it means little to others.  In a church, you can not alter your seating arrangement.  But in an outdoor venue you can.

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If you choose an outdoor setting, I challenge you to think outside the box.  Try to choose the best option so the most people can enjoy your wedding ceremony with a clear view.  I know so many put the emphasis on the party following, but really…what is the real purpose of a wedding?  It’s the joining of two people into one, the joining of two families.  The top two photos employ the circular approach.  The top photo showcases the bridal couple at the top of the semicircle, the second picture centers the bride and groom in middle of the guests for optimal viewing.  The photo below is from a wedding where I was the coordinator.  The bride, groom, family and attendants were at the front in a semi-circle with the guests in a traditional formation behind.  I think of all the configurations on this page, this is my favorite.  Was the idea mine?  No.  It was the bride’s and it was brilliant.  It was my first time seeing it, and I would encourage any bride to use this plan.  The family and attendants were really a part of the rite, and the guests had a good view as well.

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If your ceremony is a rustic, short one, what about the hay bales on planks below?  It think it’s novel and cute. A word or caution…If you’re going to sit directly on the hay bales, pad them wth blankets.    Those stray pieces of straw can poke one!

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In mind for something really funky?  Just check out the seating from the photo below.  While lovely…not very practical.  Love it though.  Remember, whatever you decide, nothing is wrong.  If you like it, it’s perfect.

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The Tree Planting Ceremony

One of the many things I love about being a wedding planner/coordinator, is to see new trends first hand.  The Tree Planting Ceremony is just such a trend.  The wedding I worked last weekend had a lovely “Tree Planting Ceremony”.  The bride and groom chose a sapling, planted it in a beautiful pot, and then add soil from their respective childhood homes.  It is to symbolize the unifying of two families.

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There are a variety of ways to go about this.  The couple above used a small pot, and I would imagine it will remain inside their home.  The size of the container will keep the tree small and manageable.  The couple below, however…have something different in mind.

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It appears that they are either planting a tree at their venue to be enjoyed by other guests in the future, or their are planting it at their home.  Perhaps they had a home wedding?  I’m not sure using a shovel in my beautiful white wedding dress would be up my alley, but to each his – OR – her own.  🙂

 

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Mail order companies are getting in on the act of the “Tree Planting Ceremony”.  You can now order on-line a pre-fab kit to do the honors.  Not a bad idea, although you still might want to provide your own soil from your special locations.

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What about getting your guests involved in tree planting?  The photo above showcases tiny saplings that are used as favors and escort cards to find your reception seats.  I love this.  I imagine a good deal of work went into the assembling of these favors, though.

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And just think…maybe your tree/trees will someday look like these photos.  Yes, it will take years, but hopefully so will your marriage.

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