Post # 1
My ceremony is outside at a state park and I wasn’t going to have chairs for everyone, and I wasn’t worried about it because the ceremony will only be 20 min or so and I already have the ushers working thier buns off. But i read somewhere today that it is a big NO NO not to have enough chairs for evreyone. What do you think?
Post # 3
My cousins got married on a mountain pass and there were only a few chairs there (for the grandmothers) and it really wasn’t a big deal for any of the guests. As long as you accommodate the guests that need them and the ceremony is short I think you should be fine.
Post # 4
I think it depends on your guests – how many elderly, etc. I considered local parks in my area, but nixed them all when I learned we weren’t able to bring in any chairs. All we could use were the benches or whatever happened to be already in the park. I have family coming in from Chicago and a handful of elderly and I was not going to ask them to stand. We are having a short ceremony, but all the same I wasn’t comfortable with that.
Post # 5
20 minutes is kind of long to be standing
can you find cheap rentals?
Post # 6
I posted something similar a few months ago and an overwhelming majority of bees said seat everyone! Having never been to a wedding before where guests were required to stand, I don’t really know how that feels from a guests perspective, so I have to take the bees word for it! But I know chair rentals are sooo expensive and it does seem like a waste when they’ll only be used for a half hour. I haven’t finalized my plans yet, but Im going to look into the cost of renting benches. It may be waaaay higher than chairs, anybody know? But I like that look over the look of the kind of chairs I’d probably be able to afford! Good luck, I’ll be reading the advice you get too!
Post # 7
IMO, I definitely say seat everyone, I absolutely hate standing for a whole ceremony, I feel you are not able to enjoy it as much. One of my BMs just went as a guest to a wedding where she had to stand and that is absolutely all she talked about, I’m sure the bride would want her going on about how beautiful everything was but she was so perturbed of having to stand. Also, my parents just went to a June beach wedding yesterday in Florida and said that with the 110deg heat index, they are surprised no one passed out! What an awful one to have to stand through!
However on the flip side, I totally understand that costs are ridiculous for chair rentals!
p.s. outdoor at a state park sounds like an absolutely amazing backdrop!
Post # 8
We’re not seating everyone for our ceremony. We’re having cocktail hour first, as guests arrive, and plan to seamlessly transition into a short ceremony. I’m going to do reserved seats for those who absolutely need them and have a few extras for anyone else who might prefer not to stand. I think it’s going to be fine.
Post # 9
this is a subject near and dear to my heart…we’re doing a standing ceremony in a park, we’ll have 8 chairs for the folks that really need them.
What I think is going to make it work is that we’ve fully informed every single one of our guests the situation. They can prepare and make the choice for themselves if they can attend.
I think the key is to let people know what they’re in for and be okay with the fact that it may not be for everyone.
Post # 10
I will have enough chairs for the immediate family, I was thinking about 15 chairs total. I am already renting chairs for the reception, however, I just didn’t want to make my helper (mys sis’s bf) do too much work. But the chairs are paid for already. What do you guys think about that?
Post # 11
I went to a wedding at 4 p.m. in NC in June with no chairs. It was SOOO hot and muggy and all I could think about the entire ceremony was how I couldn’t wait to a. sit and b. get in the sahde. If you can swing it I’d recommend getting chairs