Do you want to craft a wedding ceremony that's unique, modern, and yet romantic? Then consider the benefits of holding your wedding in the round. What does this mean? And what does it add to your big day? Here's a short guide.

What Is a Wedding in the Round?

A wedding in the round takes its name from a theater in the round, in which the stage is at the center of a circle made up of the audience. The ceremony location is placed first, in the center of the intended space, and chairs are added in concentric circles or even in a spiral shape. The round layout can accommodate audiences of just about any size, as you simply add rings to add guests. 

What Are the Benefits of a Wedding in the Round?

This round configuration has practical benefits. It can be one of the best ways to take advantage of an unusually shaped ceremony venue and may allow you to squeeze more chairs into a smaller space. In addition, the added angles allow you to work around natural obstacles, take advantage of 360-degree views, or even minimize an unwanted view by focusing attention inward. 

However, a round audience layout also makes the ceremony feel more intimate than a traditional setting. Because guests aren't simply spectators looking on from one direction, they feel more like a part of the festivities. More guests can also be close to the ceremony itself, making it feel closer and more personal. 

Finally, weddings in the round are more memorable than traditional rows and aisles. Few guests will have experienced this type of layout, so it feels fresh and modern. You can further play around with the design, allowing you and your partner to personalize things like where you enter as well as how you involve your more intimate audience. 

What Are the Drawbacks of a Wedding in the Round?

The couple must be careful to ensure that everyone has a good view of the wedding ceremony no matter where they sit. This often means slim, low chairs to avoid blocking the view and a more open ceremony without backdrops. And keep in mind that guests will always be part of every photo of your nuptials, as people will be visible from all angles. You may need more coordination with guests.

Where Can You Learn More?

Want to know more about hosting a wedding in the round? Start by consulting with an experienced wedding event planner and venues today. They can help you find the right configuration for your nuptials so that both you and your guests have the best experience possible. 

Call a wedding venue, such as Russo's On The Bay, to discuss your wedding ceremony.