Has anyone used Straw Bales for their wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@Waitingbee57:  I haven’t used them for my wedding, but I’va sat on them before (my mother and step-dad raise cattle).

Is your ceremony long? (Without back support, I would be more comfortable standing for 20 minutes than sitting for 20 minutes)

What are you covering them with? (hay is pretty scratchy, even wearing jeans, so it should be something thick, and even then, I might be reluctant to sit on them in a fancy dress)

Also, bales of hay often have critters (bugs) in them, so take that into consideration.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have not yet sat on a straw bale for a wedding ceremony, but I have done it in other contexts.  Covering the bales is important, since straw is scratchy and it sticks to your clothes.  If you have any older guests, would you be willing to mix in some chairs or other seating with back support with the straw bales?  Older guests may be more comfortable in seating with back support.  Frankly, I prefer seating with back support, but I would be a good sport about sitting on straw bales at a friend’s wedding.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

My friend did this for their church hall wedding! It was full of AWESOME.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve sat on them and it wasn’t awful…but it wasn’t comfortable. You could put batting down though and then fabric over it to kind of cushion the seat. 

Also, I would make sure whatever venue you have, that they allow hay. I know at a lot of venues we talked to, they told it that it would be an extra clean up fee if we brought them in. Some even outright forbid it. (We were looking at upcycled barns in the area). 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I didn’t use it for my ceremony, but  I have worked a lot with hay bales. There is a difference between a straw bale and a hay bale, and if you have guests with any type of hay allergies– being anywhere near the hay/dust can cause a pretty severe reaction.  Straw  bales are more dry and are more sturdy, but do not offer as much support as a seat.

I would be ok with sitting on them, as long as it wasn’t for an hour long ceremony!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

what i want to know is where you get them??? haha

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@SeaSalt:  +1.

Also, twine can be pokey, and if the twine comes loose they can fall apart. They’re harder than you’d expect, too. My grandparents own a cattle ranch, and I’ve seen mice and small snakes crawl out of them. It doesn’t happen too frequently, but it happens, especially if they’ve been sitting in a barn for awhile.

Not saying don’t do it, but having a short ceremony would cut down on your chances of having problems with any of these things.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Someone did them on Four Weddings–the guests complained that they hurt to sit on and that they poked through their cocktail dresses!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My friend had hay bales at her wedding, and it was uncomfortable though it fit the venue (outside in Utah).  I don’t like sitting for very long without back support, unless I’m able to lean on a table.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@Waitingbee57:  I found them comfy. I mean, none of the older guests sat on them, because there was seating indoors with better support. Also, I’m not sure how elderly people would like them for a long ceremony. But they were so cool for the reception.

The wedding was a church wedding, followed by an indoor/outdoor reception. The bales were for the outdoor bit of the reception. They also had fire pits near the bales. It was really cool. They also did circus skills outdoors.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@amandasouthcarolina:  We are using them for our ceremony and there is actually a rental place here we will get all of them delivered, set up, and picked up for about $50. Super cheap!

We are having a short ceremony and it is an old west/rustic theme so it fits. I am slowly purchasing old quilts (off white colors) to cover them.

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