Unique Seating Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony

When it comes to seating during your ceremony , one factor should be top of mind, and that’s comfort! Just think of it like this: If your guests aren’t comfortable, how engaged will they be in what’s going on around them?!

While seating may seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of things, it’s actually huge considering the time guests will spend sitting at your wedding. Besides dancing and milling about during cocktail hour, they’ll basically be in a seat —from the ceremony through that six-course dinner.

So, an idea: Think beyond the ubiquitous dining chair and instead provide seating that is both comfy and unique. After all, creative seating can contribute to the overall vibe and style of your wedding, and rental companies have a multitude of offerings available from modern upholstered poufs and reclaimed pews (outside of a church!) to funky sofas and even hay bales.

That said, it’s important to consider your venuewedding style, and guests when deciding what seating is right for your wedding. Take a look at the five ideas below for inspiration, then trust us when we say that the right seating can make for a comfortable, inclusive, and beautiful wedding!

Polished Poufs

ceremony structure

PHOTO BY EN ROUTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Gotta love a traditional Moroccan pouf as much as the next person, but also look into this alternative ottoman-like option. It feels fresh, modern, and totally perfect for a couple that’s not afraid to play with pops of color!

Bales of Hay

wedding ceremony

PHOTO BY BRAEDON FLYNN

If you’re saying “I do” in a bucolic outdoor ceremony, look no further than an accompanying field for your seating! Hay bales can make for a charming seating option—just throw a linen style of choice over the top so that the hay isn’t too scratchy for your guests.

Plush Ottomans

wedding ceremony

PHOTO BY REBECCA YALE

These ottoman/coffee table/plush benches can serve as all of the above—their versatility means your guests get to decide! Paired with sofas, they make for the perfect lounge areas that are a little more airy, allowing for easy mingling before and after the vows.

Reclaimed Pews

outdoor ceremony with pews

PHOTO BY OLIVIA RAE JAMES; PEWS BY RENT PEWS; PLANNING BY LACY GEARY; FLORAL DESIGN BY AMY OSABA DESIGN

Who says pews are only for inside churches? Don’t you love how these add some unexpected interest to what is usually a uniform seating setup. Add in some colorful throw pillows for comfort and a little extra texture, or even some light throw blankets if you anticipate it being a little nippy on your wedding night.

Funky Sofas

lounge area

PHOTO BY REBECCA YALE

These mod, backless sofas are perfect for a more intimate ceremony or reception lounge area. Their unique shape is punctuated with organic floral arrangements by Siloh Floral that wrap around the seats to add a little whimsy to this already playful ceremony setting.

Inspired by BRIDES magazine

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