Reserved seating for family
For those of you who had/are having outdoor weddings, how are you reserving seats for family? Are you sectioning off rows of seats or putting labels on the individual seats? What are you using to do this?
I am looking for ideas on how to make signs and what to make them out of.

Mrs. Roberts
Married: 06/04/2011
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Posted On: Dec 16, 2010 at 1:25 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Married: 10/03/2009
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Dec 16, 2010 at 1:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I would simply tie a nice ribbon across the rows that are reserved, on the inside of the aisle. Then before the procession starts, have an usher reserve it.
For the most part though, people know not to sit in the first few rows, and they will be seated ny ushers anyhow.

FMS, the barefoot wife!
Married: 2+ years ago
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Dec 16, 2010 at 1:27 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I reserved two rows on each side. Our aisle markers/things were shepards hooks with grapvine balls that hadd moss and vendella roses in them. I bought pretty Scrapbook paper and ribbon to corridnate with our colors and used a fancy font and printed it on the scrap book paper and threaded ribbon trough and hung it with the grapevine balls.

Married: 02/05/2011
Dec 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I've seen people just print out paper saying "Reserved" on it and put it on the seats and then use a stone to prevent it from migrating. Since it depends on the length of the rows and the number of chairs you are reserving, it's better to put signs, cause otherwise guests might sit in the second row (I've been at weddings where only the first row was reserved--heck I've been at weddings where only 3 seats total were reserved!).

Married: 04/07/2011
Dec 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am telling my ushers the names of people that HAVE to be in rows 1-3 (at least that's what I am hoping is needed) and in what order. Even writing it down to help em remember!

Married: 12/10/2010
Dec 16, 2010 at 2:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
What materials do you have available or leftover from your other decorations. If you're resourceful you should be able to find something that works.

Married: 10/01/2011
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Dec 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Because we can't afford a bunch of extra chairs (we are renting the chairs for our outdoor ceremony) and each row will have 8-10 chairs and neither of us needs that many reserved seats, we are reserving individual chairs for our parents and grandparents (4 on my side, 3 on FHs) with cards I designed on word that say "Reserved for the Mother of the Groom" etc.

Married: 10/01/2011
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Dec 16, 2010 at 5:46 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
When I get home, I will try to paste a pic of my reserved signs for you. I am just printing them on ivory cardstock and then attaching them to the seats with ribbon.

Mrs. Roberts
Married: 06/04/2011
Reviews: 5
Dec 16, 2010 at 5:56 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thanks dragonfly. I also have the same dilema in that we are renting chairs (boy are they expensive!) and would have extras on each side.

Married: 10/01/2011
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Dec 16, 2010 at 8:12 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here's a pic of one of the signs I made. I will be printing them 2 to a sheet. I used the fonts from my invitations as well as part of the invitation design.

The Chocolate Lily

The Chocolate Lily
Dec 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Some of my brides have placed a card (like a table number) on the tables that they want to reserve for family saying "reserved for family" and all other tables blank. This seems to work well

Shannon S.
Married: 2+ years ago
Dec 17, 2010 at 2:08 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Apparently, back in the day, family members who were invited to sit in the first few rows received a pew card in their invitation. Then they present the card to the ushers when they arrive at the ceremony. I doubt I would EVER have the time or energy to do this, but it does sound elegant, doesn't it?
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