Post # 1
We are having our ceremony at a campground and it’s a country/rustic themed wedding. My mom and i are butting heads on where exactly in the campground should we have the wedding.
I really want to have our ceremony by the lake at the place we are doing it. It has a beautiful fountain, and a gazebo. It’s gorgeous but it’s a smaller area (i think it would fit our guests just fine) it also is on somewhat of a hill. This hill situation makes it a little hard to figure out what to do for seating. The slope of the hill isnt really bad, but i don’t think chairs work.
My mom on the other hand wants us to have it in the side yard (at the same place) but it’s not much bigger than the area by the lake. It is flat however, which would make it easier for seating. BUT there is a swimming pool right there with a chain link fence, and a volleyball court off to one side. It’s not exactly “wedding ceremony atmosphere.” And I really dont want to do the ceremony there. She is insisting though. The biggest reason (besides kids playing too loudly in the pool during our ceremony) is that when I look at pictures of our ceremony if there is a huge chainlink fence and the back ground is dumpy looking to me, that will ruin the picture.
So I need a solution to my seating dilemma on the hill so that I can have my ceremony in a gorgeous setting with out hurting my mom’s feelings. We’ve tossed around the idea of hay bales for seating on the hill by the lake (they would be covered so it wouldn’t poke people). I have also thought about laying out blankets or having people bring thier own to sit on. I am more concerned for some of the older people, and how they would do with the slope of the hill. Thanks for any advice, or suggestions!
Post # 3
I think hay bales would be perfect- you can get cute fabrics that match your colors to put over top of them. It would also be way more cost effective than renting chairs…
Post # 4
I love the idea of hay bales. You’d have to be very careful with elderly guests, though.
Post # 5
How long is the ceremony? Can you get away with just a few chairs and mostly standing room?
Post # 6
You could always thread ribbon through the chain link fence for a pretty backdrop. This is just an example. I would do the ribbon, or plastic tape, horizontally.
The seating on the hill would depend on how steep the slope was. Even hay bales would be awkard if there was too much slope.
If you could find benches with individual legs on the corners, you could pound the back legs in further than the front legs to get even seating. That doesn’t solve the problem of the older folks having to climbing the hill. You could reserve the rows just behind the parents for the seniors in the crowd.
Post # 7
@julies1949: Really great idea about the benches with individual legs. We could actually do that with chairs too. Our ceremony will be short, maybe 15, 20 minutes? We haven’t met with the officiant but I’m shooting for a short wedding.
Post # 8
@MrsTribo: I found bales for about $2 each not sure how much chairs go for.
Post # 9
@julies1949: Do you think the chairs will fall in? not sure if you’ve ever had that happen to you… but some times chairs with individual legs will penetrate the ground which causes the chair to tip over. One of the legs goes in farther than the others while the person is sitting in it. Wouldnt want that to happen…