alternatives to ‘pick a seat not a side’ signs

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Thanks in large part to Pinterest, sometimes there are ideas that brides (and planners) get a hold of and they become way too popular and eventually overdone. We’ve seen this with rustic themes, the excessive use of chalkboard paint, and several other practically viral ideas. One such idea is the “Pick a seat, not a side” sign.

I like the concept – it’s not uncommon for the bride and groom to have drastically different size families, leading to lopsided ceremony seating. Also, there are plenty of wedding guests who might be friends of both the bride and the groom, so why make them choose an affiliation?

The most popular wording of these signs is:

Two families are becoming one

So pick a seat, not a side

But – and maybe this is just me – I find the wording a bit condescending. It just rubs me the wrong way. And I’m not alone – I found a bride who agrees with me!

But if you like the concept of the sign and want to encourage your guests to sit wherever they like, here are some alternatives:

Photo via Wedbook:

wedding seating sign | amanda jayne events blog

Photo via Ruffled:

wedding seating sign | amanda jayne events blog

Available via Etsy seller SarahSaysSew:

wedding seating sign | amanda jayne events blog

Photo via Wedding Chicks:

wedding seating sign | amanda jayne events blog

Personally, when I’m a wedding guest, I usually just sit on the side that less crowded and try to even things out!

What are your thoughts?

Top photo via Wedding Chicks