Post # 1
Just wondering if you had/or are planning to have a seat for every guest attending your ceremony.? We’ve been told by our photogrpaher/venue etc that we should only use a few rows of chairs as having one for everybody is unnecessary.
I think that most people would prefer to sit down, even though we’re not having an especially long ceremony. Thoughts?
Post # 3
How many guests are you planning to have? I would suggest that you do have a seat for everyone because things go wrong and ceremonies can run long. People need a place to rest their feet.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t dream of not having seating for everyone.
Post # 5
Absolutely have a seat for everyone!
Post # 6
I think you do need to offer a seat for every guest. Remember that they are there from 15-30 minutes or more before the ceremony starts.
Post # 7
That’s what I thought!
But I’ve been told by 3 people now that having a seat for everyone is crazy. (We only have 60 guests)
Thanks guys! You told me just what I wanted to hear 🙂
I always thought it sucked when I got stuck standing at the back for a wedding
Post # 8
I agree with prior posters. You need to have a seat for everyone.
I don’t know too many women who are comfortable standing for any length of time in heels. Walking is one thing. Standing still is another thing entirely.
Post # 9
I have never heard of not having a seat for every guest unless all guests be standing for the ceremony and maybe a smaller number of seats for people that need to sit. How would that work otherwise- like first come, first serve? If you’re going to have all of the guests standing around you and FI in a circle or something during the ceremony (which I have seen done well with small, intimate weddings) that may be okay. If there is a seated ceremony I think everyone should have a seat.
Post # 10
We have 80 guests and we’re having seating for eveeryone….plus extra! Ya never know when a bridesmaid will go down!
FI’s mom fainted at his aunt’s wedding and our friend had a bridesmaid faint at her wedding too lol. Never know when someone will need to sit down.
Seats for everyone!!
Post # 11
What? Would people stand? Everyone has always sat down at all of the weddings I have attended (even the shorter ones).
Post # 12
Second thread like this today.
Yes, you should generally have seats for all of your guests. Nobody wants to stand around for an hour while you get married, and the elderly or disabled (keep in mind you cannot always tell that someone has a disability by looking at them) will be especially miserable.
Exceptions might be made for ceremonies that start promptly and last less than 5 or 10 minutes.
Post # 13
Why are they saying you don’t need them? Cost? Hassle of setting them up (remote venue)?
If you have LOTS of young healthy people then I suppose that you could get by with fewer than 1 seat per person. But, I know I want a place to sit, and think most others feel the same way. I vote for everyone getting a seat.
Post # 14
@duchiewoo: Only have a seat for those that have a combined income that exceeds that of 80K a year.
Post # 15
@duchiewoo: Where are you? I’m in Australia and I’ve been to a couple of outdoor weddings that didn’t have seats for everyone, though they had a few for elderly guests. They must have been short weddings because I don’t remember being bothered by it. I still think it’s better to seat everyone though.
Post # 16
I’m not sure why they said don’t bother. As we do the setting up and hiring ourselves at the venue we’ve chosen, so it won’t change anyhting for them, our photographer basically said it’s uncommon to have a chair for everyone. 3 weddings I’ve been to only had a few rows of seats reserved for family members and then eveyone else stood (which I never really liked).