Line of Bridesmaids beside Bride

Where Do Bridesmaids Sit During the Ceremony?

“Where Do Bridesmaids Sit During the Ceremony?”

Traditionally, the bridesmaids (and the rest of the bridal party) won’t sit during the ceremony. Instead, they’ll form rows next to the bride and groom and remain standing throughout the entirety.

Normally, the first bridesmaid coming down the aisle will begin the line farthest away from the altar or chuppah. The bridesmaids will continue to progress towards the couple – with the maid of honor coming in last, right next to where the bride will take her place. The MOH needs to be closest to help with the dress, the rings, and the bouquet.

Of course, there may be points throughout the event that you’ll want your ladies to take a seat, so it’s important to plan for that ahead of time. Creating a VIP row in the front or on the sides may be beneficial for you if that’s a part of your vision.

In fact, this is a necessity if you plan on having a longer ceremony. A lot of Catholic events will hold a traditional along with the vow exchange – if so – you’ll want to have space for your maids to sit. Fainting bridesmaids (those heels can hurt after standing for too long!) isn’t something you want your big day known for.

And for those that want a unique way to line up the ladies, or seat them comfortably, continue below for some real-life inspiration! We’ve also talked about other unique ceremony seating arrangements at our sister site, Top Wedding Sites, which includes various visual bits to snag ideas from. Whether you want your bridesmaids by your side or seated in a way that holds a new tradition, this will definitely help you through the process of planning every portion of the ceremony.

Other Expert Answers

wedding ceremony seating chart

Via Woman Getting Married


“You and your partner won’t be the only ones standing up at the altar on your wedding day. Your wedding party—bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and ring bearers—will be up there too, supporting the two of you as you exchange your vows.

Instead of straight rows, which everyone will be expecting, get creative with your ceremony seating and try a completely different arrangement. Your guests will be delighted, plus it will set a fun and unique tone for the rest of the celebration. Though there are some logistics to keep in mind as you’re rethinking your ceremony set-up:

Wedding Wire

“Unless it’s a Catholic Ceremony – where the bridesmaids sit for the readings and mass – the bridesmaids stand beside the bride.” – Wedding Wire

Now, Here’s the Creative Ideas!

The Horseshoe

Chairs are arranged in a semicircle horseshoe shape, with an aisle leading right to the center. The couple stands in the middle, facing their guests.

The Horseshoe wedding seating arrangement

The Spiral

This works for smaller, more intimate weddings, where a single row of chairs is arranged in a spiral shape. This way, you’d be able to see each guest as you walk between the chairs and make your way to the center.

spiral shaped ceremony seating

The Square

Position your altar in the middle, then arrange the ceremony chairs on all four sides so that you’re literally surrounded by your loved ones as you exchange vows.” – Brides

The square, center-altar wedding seating arrangement

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