Post # 1
I have decided to use Straw bale for the ceremony seats instead of regular ceremony chairs. We will cover the area where you sit and the area where your legs would be (keeping the back of the bail exposed).
Have you done it?
If so, How did it turn out?
Were you a guest at someone’s wedding who did it??
If so, How did you like it?
If yes to one (or both) of those, Do you have pictures?
If no to both of those, what are some ideas you would have for it? (please dont share why you dont like it if you have not experienced it)
We are covering it with a thick material. Our Ceremony is going to be about 30 minutes long (if not less) and it is going to be straw bales as oposed to hay because straw does not cause a mass amount of allergies.
Post # 3
@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
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
My friend did this for their church hall wedding! It was full of AWESOME.
Post # 6
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
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
what i want to know is where you get them??? haha
Post # 9
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
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
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 # 12
@SeaSalt: We are covering them with some sort of heavy material we havent got there yet with that.
Post # 13
@asbtoabs: We are using thick material to cover the tops for them as for other chairs we are going to discus this further when we get the RSVPs back we have 3 elderly (really elderly) guests that may or may not come there is only one that I can for see coming and she is very very okay with the idea.
Post # 14
@Rachel631: Thank you for that it made me happy again.
Post # 15
@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
@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.