Christy
Dedicated April 2022

Odd question: Please Remain Seated?

Christy, on April 26, 2021 at 1:30 PM

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I haven’t been to a wedding that asked that the guests remain seated during the bride’s entrance but, for many reasons, I would like to do that. Has anyone else been to a wedding where they were asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony? How did it go? I figure it’s almost like a reflex for ppl...
I haven’t been to a wedding that asked that the guests remain seated during the bride’s entrance but, for many reasons, I would like to do that. Has anyone else been to a wedding where they were asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony? How did it go? I figure it’s almost like a reflex for ppl to rise for the bride & I’d like to make sure I get the point across that I don’t want that. Unfortunately, it seems ppl don’t listen when the officiant makes other important announcements, so I’m sure I can probably expect the same. Just curious about others’ experiences and if anyone else is doing the same.

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  • Christy
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    Christy ·
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    Thanks Fred! Sounds like you have a headstrong lady on your hands! 😂 I think I am going to do my best to get the message out beforehand (maybe on the website, word of mouth, our greeters, signage...some, none, or all of these but still undecided); have the officiant announce before my entrance (hey, a little extra time to take one more breath!); and keep my fingers crossed that the majority listen! We have a small guest list (1/2 of those are family, the other 1/2 are colleagues & a few +1s). We may have the odd person that starts to rise out of habit, but my guess is that most won’t have a problem. Also, our officiant is an individual that carries a significant importance to the majority of our colleagues, so when she speaks they will listen! 😂 I had just never considered having the officiant announce right before I entered...honestly, I’ve never heard any officiant say “please stand for the bride.” Probably because I already knew that’s what we would do! Therein lies my concern and why I think it might be wise to at least spread the word beforehand!
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  • Fred
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    Fred ·
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    Yeah , she's a headstrong woman and I love it! But there is a downside: she starts too many unnecessary arguments LOL.

    I agree that spreading the word beforehand is a good idea since

    you can't be too careful in my humble opinion. I hope they will respect your wish!

    Sure: An officiant saying “please remain seated for the bride entrance.” sounds weird LOL but chances are most of them will need to hear that in addition to word of mouth,signage ...

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    Judith ·
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    Yes, whenever the bride or groom, or a family member, sometimes a guest, cannot rise, there is an announcement ( and in program) that say to please remain in seats so that the ceremony may be seen by all. Some are a little more pointed and say, so those standing will not block the view of the many who cannot stand.
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    Judith ·
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    Don't people accommodate to those in wheelchairs?
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