Theaters in the round are becoming more and more popular with meeting planners and event designers, and for good reason: by placing the speaker (or entertainer) in a stage in the center of the room and placing the chairs around it on all sides, everyone gets closer to the speaker, everyone feels more involved, everyone feels more engaged.
Let’s do this with weddings as well. Obviously this depends on where the wedding is being held. A historic church with a traditional sanctuary might not be able to accommodate such a request, but an outdoor venue with room to innovate, or an otherwise large room might be perfect.
Sure, everyone has a better view. That’s certainly important. No one wants to be behind a dark tower (remember the opening scene in The Wedding Planner when J.Lo realizes that a wedding guest’s large bouffant hairstyle is blocking a camera angle, and she asks her assistant to take care of it by reseating the guest in the VIP pew? “Dark tower demolished.” Maybe I’ve seen that movie too many times…)
At the end of the day, a wedding is about the bride and groom making a commitment to spend their lives together with the support of their friends and family, and sharing that special day with the people who mean the most to the couple is incredibly important. There are so many ways to make the wedding meaningful for guests, so many ways to bring the guests “in” more.
Setting the ceremony seats in the round isn’t the only way to do this, and it’s not always appropriate, but when it is, it makes the ceremony feel more intimate, more personal.
What do you think? Yea or nay on circular wedding ceremony seating?
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