Post # 1
so we are having a 45 minute ceremony, at 4pm in the afternoon in the shade of a huge tree on our acreage.
We have 86 guests invited to both ceremony and reception, but only hired 40 chairs for the ceremony, because its a short ceremony and i think most people would be okay with standing for that long.
We did a count yesterday and realised that 31 of those seats will be reserved for our family members.
So my questions is, is this okay to only have another 9 or so seats available for other guests? Should i just reserve all the seats for family? Our bridal party takes up another 10 guests, so there will be 40 people standing if its family only in the seats. if you were a guest, would you mind standing for that long? is this acceptable? or should i just get another 40 and be done with it?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
a 45 minute ceremony is short? Get a chair for every guest.
Post # 4
@MrsFitness: I would rent more chairs. A 45 minute ceremony is not a short ceremony. There is a big difference between standing still for 45 minutes and being on your feet but able to move for 45 minutes. Most people can manage the latter, but standing absolutely still is a whole different matter.
Post # 5
you need the same amount of chairs as people. You can’t ask people to stand for 45 mins.
Post # 6
@MrsFitness: I would get more chairs. Imagine your female guests having to stand still on their heels for 45 minutes ! If it was me I would not appreciate it.
Post # 7
@MrsFitness: yeah, I would see 45 minutes as a super long ceremonyfor an outdoor wedding. To me 20 minutes is about standard for non-church wedding ceremonies. And even then I want a chair, lol.
Post # 8
I would have a chair for each person. Reserving seats for “just your families” creates a class system for your guests. It would be like feeding your family filet mignon, but the rest chicken.
Post # 9
Whoa 45 minutes is NOT a short ceremony. Imagine balancing in heels in someone’s lawn or dirt for 45 minutes! You need chairs for 100% of the butts. I’d be really po’d if I had to stand through someone’s ceremony cause there weren’t enough chairs.
Post # 10
45 mins is NOT short!! I could understand a 10 min ceremony but certanly not 45!!
Why don’t you try standing for 45 mins and not moving, then tell us what you have decided :/
Post # 11
I have been to ceremonies where people had to stand and i wasn’t bothered at all but 45 minutes is a fairly long ceremony to leave half the people standing. If you are able to, i would probably get the extra chairs
Post # 12
Sorry bees, i should probably clairfy. We have alotted 45 minutes for the ceremony, however we havent done a final runthrough yet, so it will actually be closer to 20 minutes.
Post # 13
Agree with PPs. 15 minutes you could get away with, but not 45!
Edit: just saw what you posted above me. Even if the ceremony is only 20 minutes, people will get there early and these things never start on time. They’ll have to be standing for 45 minutes probably… that’s no good!
Post # 14
Every butt gets a chair. This is a really inhospitable way to try to save money.
Post # 15
@MrsFitness: Even 20 minutes is pushing it, I would put every person in a chair
Post # 16
You really need more chairs…you never know if more people than expected will actually need one too because of advanced age, injury, etc.