Here’s how to avoid having wedding photos that look like your guests are sitting in an examination hall, while still ensuring that they comply with the 1-metre apart seating requirements. Start with these ideas and work with your wedding planners and florists to come up with something you love.

#01 Not aligning the chairs parallel to the stage
A diagonal seating arrangement will look better in photos as it creates a visual effect of “closing the gap” in between chairs.

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#02 Theatre setting chair arrangement
This will also work to cover up the gaps in between seats, especially once your guests are seated. Instead of having bouquets or floral arrangements attached to the backs of the chairs, tie them on one side of the chairs instead.

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#03 Rent furniture
Rented chairs that provide an interesting visual effect will look better than your usual banquet chairs. Different designs and heights in a mix-and-match theme will distract from the empty spaces and make the gaps look almost intentional. Think hipster café.

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#04 Leaving alternate chairs empty
If your venue is willing to do it for you, you could leave alternate chairs empty by putting an “X” on every second seat using washi tape in your theme colours. Alternatively, you could also leave program booklets, floral arrangements or wedding favours on those chairs to keep them empty.

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#05 Flowers
Of course, if your budget permits, flowers are a great way to fill in the gaps, especially for the first and last row of chairs. Wild floral arrangements are great for decorating individual seats.

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#06 Reception-style setting with an aisle
Viking tables set up with an aisle in between could work if you have your wedding ceremony right in the reception venue. Floral arrangements, décor elements and candles are ideal for filling in the gaps, and all you’ll need for your ceremony backdrop is an arch at the front of the room. After the wedding ceremony, your signing table can be transformed into the newlyweds’ table.

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#07 Reception-style setting with a dance floor
Instead of having your ceremony at the front of the room, why not have it on a dance floor in the centre of the space? This way more of your guests will have a front row seat, and the dance floor can also be used for your first dance later in the celebration.

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Disclaimer: The images shown are for illustration purposes only. Do leave 1-metre apart between seats.