Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My fiancé and I are having a fairly casual wedding ceremony at my parent’s house in their beautiful back yard overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. The wedding décor and theme is elegant, but more on the side of rustic chic. We’d rather keep the seating casual and allow guests to pick their own seats. Do we have to seat people on certain sides during our wedding ceremony?

Answer: Wow, your ceremony sounds lovely. Congratulations! You’re in luck. Whether your wedding is formal, casual or somewhere between, it’s OK to forego sides. Often when one party has more guests than the other, couples will opt for open seating to fill out the more spartan side of the space. That said, make sure to reserve a couple of rows on each side for immediate family.



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