Post # 1
So our ceremony location is approximately 50-75 yards from out reception location. Our ceremony is water front in front of the hotel and the reception is in the hotel banquet room. You just have to cross the small parking lot to get to the hotel. No big roads or anything.
Well the two places are rented by two different companies. I’m going through my work (at the hotel) for the reception and am friends with the sales manager who is letting us use the banquet room free of charge for the reception. But the small property that is on the water was sold to a wedding company and we have to pay for that space. No big deal but it leaves me wondering about chairs.
They will be provided at the reception so that’s no biggie, but for the ceremony I kinda feel like it would be a huge waste to rent chairs for the 20 or less minute ceremony. Or am I wrong? What do you do?
Seems like asking the guests to stand that whole time would be kinda messed up but it seems like a huge waste to rent 100 chairs for 30 minutes. So what should I do? Any alternatives? We are having a rustic wedding so I considered hay but that seems like a waste as well. Don’t really know what to do. We are trying to save as much as we can and cut corners but not at the expense of our guests. Ideas?
Post # 3
You will definately need chairs for some of the guests that can’t stand long times. I’ve been to weddings that did this, and it worked but they kept the ceremony to under 10 minutes. Also keep in mind that many people get to a ceremony 30 min early and there is always a little time after the ceremony so the time standing is likely to be an hour with a 20 minute ceremony.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I think you definitely need chairs…
people might get to the ceremony 30 minutes early..
the ceremony might start 10 minutes late (you never know)
Ceremony lasts anywhere from 15-30 minutes..
that’s 55 minutes of people standing. I just think it would be considerate to your guests to not make them stand…
Post # 5
Just go ahead and rent the chairs. It will be money WELL SPENT! =)
Post # 6
With the reception venue 50 yards away, I think you can get away with just some chairs, because I imagine people will wander down from the reception venue about 10 minutes before start time, and most people can stand for a short time, so long as the ceremony is short. I’ve been to a couple of weddings with only some chairs – including one when I was 7 months pregnant – and I was fine standing.
But you certainly need some chairs: not everyone pregnant or elderly can stand comfortably for even 10 minutes.
EDIT: Good point below about obscuring the view. The wedding I’m thinking of was kind of small, maybe seating for 30 and another 20-30 of us standing, so that wasn’t an issue.
Post # 7
I really appreciate the input ladies! Thank you!
Silly me forgot fi is friends with the manager/son of the owner of the main wedding rental company here! They rent chairs tables tents etc. So I called Fiance and he’s gonna call his friend to get an idea of prices and all. Hopefully they wont be cheap but that’s going to be a lot of work to set up and break down all those chairs for such a short time. Any ideas on chair alternatives would be great 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@pinkgreenandyellow: I’m glad that you might be able to get them cheap.
While you say it’s only twenty minutes, it is also the most important twenty minutes of the whole day. You want people to be comfortable and able to focus on what they’re watching, not keeping their balance and being comfortable. Also, having everyone stand may greatly hinder the view of some guests, especially children. It would suck to stand through the 20 minute ceremony and not really be able to see anything because you’re shorter than the people around you
Post # 9
Get the chairs. Even if you only have 20 minutes of ceremony people will get there early and standing around doing nothing isn’t fun.
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Post # 11
I don’t know where you are located in South Carolina but OOH rentals has church pews and plantation benches.
Post # 12
If I had to stand for a 30 minute or less ceremony in my heels I’d be pretty uncomfortable and pretty ticked.
Post # 13
I have seen photos of benches, like wood ones above, hay bales, even some brides have talked on here about blankets, and it’s hard because yes, it’s 20 mins, but as others shared with me when I had this dilemma, folks arrive early, in heels and dressed up, they need to be able to sit, is the going thought on this. hopefully you can get a good deal on your seating, good luck! we decided to just let folks know (on the website and invites) that our is at a public space and no seating or cover will be provided, as our space will not allow set up of chairs and or tents 🙁 but it’s beautiful, so that’s the trade-off. If you do a search on here you will see tons of discussions about chairs 🙂
Post # 14
Its not just standing, its being able to set down my purse, camera, coat, program, etc. And if there are kids/babies, they are not milling about. Plus, us short people may not be able to see if we are standing behind others. Chairs are definitely worth the expense!
Post # 15
@missmorganista: Agreed. People will arrive early and end up standing for an hour or so. Chairs are necessary.
Post # 16
@pinkgreenandyellow: Standing with a cocktail in my hand I can go two hours, that is if I can move around.
Listening to a wedding ceremony, sure I CAN stand but would rather not.
See the difference between the two (besides the alcohol) is that you’ve got to stand in one place, can’t move around like at a cocktail party.
But in the end you are right, most adults can stand for 20 minutes.
I suppose you wouldn’t consider my favorite scenario of all times for a wedding: Invite the guests, serve cocktails, get married. sigh. 🙂