It’s time to make seating arrangements for your wedding, but you’re completely lost. There are too many rows and so many different places for your guests to sit. All you know is that you, the groom, and your bridesmaids/groomsmen will be standing. What about everyone else?

The question is, what is the best church chair arrangement for a wedding?

Well, when it comes to Christian weddings, the groom’s family is traditionally seated on the right side while the bride’s family are seated to the left. All should be facing the alter. In most cases, the most important people are seated in the first few rows. This list can include parents, grandparents, other immediate family members, special guests, etc. You can decorate these rows with flowers or ribbons to mark them as reserved. Your other guests should sit in the seats behind the reserved rows. You can always hire an usher to help solve seating issues and make things easier.

However, you should always keep your guests’ relationships with each other in mind. If your parents are divorced and not on speaking terms, you might want to avoid seating them next to each other.

So how can you come up with the best seating plan? Here are five helpful resources you can use to plan the best wedding seating arrangements at your church.