Picnic blankets instead of chairs?

posted 7 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

honestly, if i’m going to a wedding as a guest, i wear a dress. i wouldn’t really want to sit on the ground outside (even if there was a blanket provided) in a dress, i work with kids so i sit on the ground all the time, at wedding it’s a bit different. this also may be a problem for older guests (my grandma has requested chairs with arms for the old people, because they’re easier to get up from). i would prefer to stand if my other option was the ground. depending on how laid back you are/how tight the budget it: you could make it BYOC (bring your own chair!), have people stand for the ceremony & just provide a few seats for elderly or those that would have trouble, use benches, use seating for reception & have it moved after the ceremony to the reception, or just inform ppl ahead of time so they wear something they’re comfortable sitting on the ground in.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with the PP, if I found out that a wedding was invited to didn’t have seating and it was just a blanket on the ground I would be upset and probably not go. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would hate it, honestly.

I show up early for weddings (and everything else), I wear dresses even to outdoor weddings, and I’m pretty allergic to grass.  So assuming your ceremony is 20 minutes long, assuming I got there 15 minutes early, and assuming you start on time, I’d have to sit on the ground in my dress trying to not flash anyone for 35 minutes hoping to not get any grass on me. 

If you made it clear to your guests that jeans/shorts are okay, and if you provided chairs to you older guests you could get away with it I suppose….but I tend to think that if you are asking people to a party, you should try to make them comfortable at the party, and I think for most people sitting on the ground is  not comfortable.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

If you note that the wedding is casual dress, not semi formal or something, I think it would actually be fun and really neat!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Could you use something like haybales with blankets over them? I wouldn’t want to sit directly on the ground, but some semblence of a seat would make me happy.  I have also seem some weddings where they use long wood (picnic style) wood benches. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I like futuremrskline’s idea of hay bales or picnic benches.

You could even mix the two. Have some blankets up in the front for adventurous people then a line or two of hay bales and then a line of picnic benches or tables. Then let people pick where they want to sit. As long as you’re accomodating to older guests I think that could look really cool.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I agree with the hay bale idea, but be careful about people’s allergies.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Didn’t Mrs. Earrings do (or think about?) a picnic reception?  Maybe?  Anyway, I think it could be cute, as long as you provide options for older/less mobile guests and make it clear what you’re inviting people to so that they wears clothes that they’ll be comfortable sitting on the ground in.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think benches at least are a necessity.  As others have mentioned, people dress up for a wedding.  Plus, you will likely have people of all ages that may have trouble getting on and off the ground.  Poor DH can’t even sit on the ground because of a hip problem he has.  He would be so uncomfortable!  Plus the dear elderly…

I know a couple that got married on a farm and they made benches- build simple backless benches for people to sit on.  It worked really well.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did this for our ceremony, and provided 4 5-person deacon’s benches for elderly/disabled guests to be accommodated, too.

We got great feedback on it.. most guests thought it lended to the charm of our rustic/casual wedding.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m having a picnic reception, with blankets on the ground! (And a couple backed benches for the parents and grandfather to sit on.) We’re only having 28 guests, so I was able to let them all know to wear something casual and comfortable, but they are all so excited! I think it’s a great idea, @rosworms . Go with it!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would just go with chairs.  The blankets could be an option, but I don’t think everyone would be comfy with that.   I’m really allergic to hay and would have to take a lot of allergy meds to be feeling decent that day.

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