Maureen Thorpe

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Wollongong/South Coast, Southern Highlands  View Map
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Should we have signs at our ceremony to leave the front row vacant for immediate family?

I was thinking maybe this is tacky, but then maybe it's necessary. (Or am I really just overthinking it?) Someone suggested that this is the role of the celebrant - to ensure that it's family in the first row. Is that generally true?

Maureen Thorpe

Hi  and congratulations

I find that Guests usually leave the front row free, but talk to your Celebrant and tell them how many seats you need for your families. Count parents and grandparents etc,  as sometimes it is only 2 on either side and there maybe 4 empty seats which never looks good in photos. I usually try to get all seats filled, and say "just remember to leave xx in front row for family members." No need to put reserved but it is not really tacky as sometimes the venues do that anyway. I hope this answers your question.

Regards Maureen  

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