Camping Wedding… Chairs Question!?! HELP! :)

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it okay to ask guests to bring their own camp chairs if it's a casual camping wedding?
    Yes, but have extras for people who don't have any or forget : (33 votes)
    58 %
    Yes depending on how close you are to the guests : (6 votes)
    11 %
    No : (18 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    You could do something cute on the invite like BYOC (bring your own chair). I personally wouldn’t mind bringing my own. 🙂

    Post # 4
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    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I really think chairs are one of those things that a host is obligated to provide for her guests. 

    Post # 7
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    8592 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I love camping and I wouldn’t mind bringing my own chair and hauling it around.  People aren’t expected to dress nice for the wedding right?  Because if I’m hauling a chair around I expect to be in jeans or something.

    Post # 8
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    535 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @kes18:  +1

    A camp wedding would have different rules for say a wedding in a hall, so yes seating is usually provided by the host but like you mentioned folding chairs aren’t 100% comfortable (not to mention stable depending on the camp site ground) and neither is buying a camping chair for every guest. I wouldn’t mind bringing one at all, sounds like it would be a fun wedding to attend!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    A couple thoughts.

    I don’t think camp chairs would work well at a table. At least not the ones I have (the kind that fold up into a bag). You sit too far back in them and it would be difficult to eat from the table. So, I wouldn’t be particularly happy to be expected to eat at a table while sitting in my camp chair. I’d probably end up picking up my plate and eating from my lap as that’s easier in my camp chair!

    For non eating, I think it’s totally awesome to use camp chairs and I think it would be fine to ask guests, who can, to bring some. I would spread the request with word of mouth rather than putting anything on the invitiation. People traveling long distances probably won’t be able to, so you don’t want to make them feel bad for not bringing a chair. So if your close friends and family have extra, they should totally bring them. But camp chairs around the campfire sounds like a great wedding to me!

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @nattiejeanne:  Usually I’d say the bride & groom are responsible for seating, but since you say it’s a casual camping wedding and those are pretty normal in your area I’d go for it! DH & I love camping and have 2-3 really sweet camping chairs we take everywhere and another maybe 2 that are just okay- in reality we would have brought them whether you asked or not if camping is the name of the game! I would encourage you to maybe pickup some extra’s yourself though for the people that don’t have chairs to bring so they have something comfy as well… 

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @nattiejeanne:  I think 

    @JenGirl:  has the right idea. You should reach out to close friends / family with camping chairs and collect the camping chairs ahead of time. Then figure out what you’d need to buy for the rest of the guests. Your guests shouldn’t be responsible for their own seating at your wedding.

    I have a similar conundrum in that some of my guests will have picnic blanket seating, and others will have tables. I’m providing both seating options and will get a rough count of who wants what beforehand. 

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If it’s camp chairs for the camp fire, I think the “BYOC” thing is fine, I’m assuming they have to bring SOME camping gear anyway? 

    If it’s camp chairs for dining at a table no I think you’d need to bring chairs in. 

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @nattiejeanne:  Yeah, try it out. Usually the problem is that the arms of the chairs don’t fit under the table so you can’t scoot forward to be able to reach your plate. All that being said, if it’s a causal wedding, I don’t have a problem eating off my lap while sitting around the campfire! It can definitely work, just takes some figuring out!

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