Post # 1
Hey ladies! I need some brain power. i was up alll night trying to think of ways to help me save on this wedding. I was just quoted by the supposed only and only beach chair supplier (Ocean Tents) on LBI. I find this hard to beleive and will do further research, but in the mean time, i was trying to think of a cool alternate to seating at our ceremony. Its on the bay side on Long Beach Island NJ. My best friend used hay bails for seating at her wedding. It was so cute and creative and looked perfect for her setting in the woods hiking area on the reseviour. But for my beach wedding it just wont work.. Any ideas????
Post # 3
I would highly suggest doing some more research – i find it hard to believe there is only on chair rental service in the area..
but alternative ideas…is your SO good at building things? i saw this pictuer of benches and thought it was adorable…i dont know if it would save you any money in the long run but it might be worth looking into. They look pretty easy to make, but i have no idea what the cost of wood is haha.
Post # 4
Do you have room to take seating with you to the wedding? This can be a huge factor.
Do you know anyone who could make you some simple benches? you can make or buy the cushions.
you could use hay bales with beach towels instead of blankets
wooden crates topped with surfboards
the old standby concrete blocks and boards
Amazon has these kits to make your own benches
Post # 5
Yep. Ocean Tent is it. The next closest place is in Toms River, but they are even more. We got the cheapest ones they had since it was for such a short time…$2. chair. The rental lady there said that’s the one they suggest for the beachy ceremonies instead of the wooden ones.
They haven’t raised their prices any since last year, since I just checked and rentals are pretty much the same. So not worth the $3.50 for each chair.
Post # 6
Beach towels? Have people bring their own folding beach chairs?
Post # 7
I love the bench idea. Ocean tents only have 6 foot metal ugly benches though. And thanks @ItWasntMe: for the back up! I cant understand there only being one company who can supply these chairs. But they also do set up and clean up aswell. Still its hard to imagine paying 700 for 100 or more chairs for an hour. PAH! I will keep looking though.
Post # 8
@kim14410: You could always just have a few rows of chairs for elders and people who need to sit and then have everyone else stand. If your ceremony is short it shouldn’t be a big deal. This is what my cousin did & it worked out well- no complaints from any of the guest. I’m debating doing the same thing for our wedding- because the cheapest quote I received was $500 for chairs. Our ceremony will be less than 30 minutes.
Post # 9
I looked at the benches on Ocean Tents website and you are right- they are ugly. You could make covers easily though out of bolts of fabric. Lay the fabric over the bench just like a tablecloth.
Just cut a length of fabric long enough to cover the bench and go to the sand on each end. Sew a weight to all four corners of the fabric or tie a rock into the corners in a knot of the fabric to prevent in flying off in the breeze. I might also add a weight in the middle of the fabric on each side.
If you really want to make it more comfortable, you could top the bench with a piece of foam cut to size before you add the fabric.
Post # 10
I think little benches are really cute…we’re having a beach wedding too and also looking into alternative seating. I also like the idea someone mentioned in another post about using drift wood if you can find peices that are long enough..and cover them with some pretty fabric? Though that may not be very comfy.
Here is a pic I like of a set up where someone used pillows!
Post # 11
Hmm, I can’t really think of anything that might be significantly cheaper. I was going to say pillows like the person above mentioned, but a large square pillow in a cute colour can be like 40 bucks, which is really no savings.
I went a beach wedding with no chairs, and standing worked out just fine, but it was a short ceremony and a group of about 20.
Post # 12
You could do beach blankets or big pieces of driftwood.