Church Weddings: What Are Standard Protestant Seating Arrangements?
Q: I'm having a traditional Protestant wedding. Does it matter which side of the church the bride and groom stand on? And who seats my mother?
A: In Protestant ceremonies, the bride's side is the left side of the church and the groom's side is the right, when looking from back to front. The person seated last is always the bride's mother (the groom's mother is seated just before her). The seating of the bride's mother signals that the ceremony is starting. Usually, brothers of the bride and groom seat their mothers; the head usher can do this if the brothers are in the wedding party (or if there are no brothers), or a brother can seat his mother and then take his place with the other groomsmen.