(Closed) Hay vs Straw???

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3766 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hay is what people get for animal feed. It is greener and has nutritional value, which is why it’s more expensive. It’s more “fragnant” too, in a good way. Straw is dried up crop (i.e. dead), has no nutritional value and is used for bedding, etc.

I would definitely go with the straw as it’s cheaper and don’t need to be feeding any animals (at least I assume not!). I love your ceremony idea! Just make sure you have some more stable seating for anyone who is older and will have trouble standing up from those! Good luck!

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

well, I know one of them (forgot which one) makes a lot of people allergic, so I would go with the one that wont make people sneezy and itchy. lol

Post # 6
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What you typically see in these wedding photos is straw bales. Same goes for hay rides – it’s actually straw. It’s lighter in color. Hay is greener and more expensive because its actual feed for animals. It is also not as stiff and dense as straw and wouldn’t be the best material for sitting on. It is also very fragrant.

Go with straw for sure.

Post # 8
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Yup, definitely go with straw, it’s also less scratchy than hay. It’s mostly used for animal bedding but some diets do add it as a filler. What time of year will you be needing it? It will be cheaper in late summer/early fall. It will be pricier (and dustier) in the spring.

Post # 9
4485 posts
Honey bee

Straw (used in the picture) is less expensive since it is dried. However, many people will not go near it at all because it is stiff and very scratchy (due to being dried), especially against bare skin. If you drape fabric over it to sit on, it needs to be very thick because the straw does poke through. That’s why most people who go near it are wearing heavy overalls to protect themselves. It does look pretty for fall events though.

Btw, sneezing is generally not an issue with straw. Being poked to no end (with itchy skin afterward) is.

Post # 10
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second everything everyone else has said… We’re using straw but definitely be sure whatever you cover it with is thick enough to offer a little padding from the scratchiness.  Hay or straw though you need to be careful if you plan to re-store it in the barn.  If it’s wet it can cause a barn fire.  (Yes I know you would think the opposite since it’s wet but actually the wetter it is the more likely it is to happen.)

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