(Closed) Advice please – Outside ceremony – chairs required?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I can totally see where you are coming from not wanting to spend the extra $$ (it isn’t very efficient for just 20-30min ceremony). However, i do think it is common courtesy to provide seats for your guests. Especially for older people it might be hard to stand, but even for younger guests who can handle it physically I wouldn’t recommend this. 

If you want to save money, you could not get chair covers or maybe not have the ceremony outside. Or maybe you can pay someone to move chairs rather than having family do it? 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t think it’s tacky. As long as it’s not an hour long ceremony..go for it! Just let everyone know ahead of time, so they’ll wear comfortable shoes.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Forcing guests to stand at a ceremony is not acceptable. What about older people? They can’t be standing around like that, regardless of how short the ceremony is. I think you need to rent the extra chairs. You don’t need chair covers.

My venue doesn’t allow the furniture (including) chairs to be used outside of the building so we have to rent chairs for the ceremony. It wasn’t even an option or a thought in my mind to make people stand.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Funny story – we had a shortish outside ceremony, and DID rent chairs.  But, my officiant never told my guests to sit down after they rose for me and my dad to enter…so yeah, money went to waste there…sigh.  Worse part, I didn’t know until watching the wedding video!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t think it’s tacky, but although your ceremony may be short, your guests will be standing long before the ceremony starts.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I don’t think it’s ‘tacky’ either (we all just got “in trouble” for using that word yesterday, LOL!)

I am in the same predicament. What a HASSLE! And way out of the budget to rent more chairs.

What type of feeling does your venue have?

We are doing ours at a refurbished barn, so hay bails with great covers would be appropriate.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Its what we’re doing and everyone I’ve talked to thinks it will be fine!  We do have room and the extra chairs available for 3 rows of chairs so we’ll reserve row one for parents and sisters and the second two we’ll ask that people let the seniors sit first.  Our ceremony site is a little different in that its an outdoor plaza with brick planters, steps, trees, benches.  At first I was totally unsure about it, but I saw pictures of another bride do it and it made me feel better.  We are definitely keeping the ceremony short and sweet so people in the back won’t be standing for long.  And I have a rain/cold plan set up to move the ceremony into the glass-in pavilion/reception space if I need it.  And in fact, it’s looking like I will need it because this stupid winter doesn’t seem to want to go away.  grrr!

I’ll attach some pics of the other bride so you can see how it worked.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

as a guest, i wouldn’t like to stand. not only are you standing during the ceremony, but i always get there early so i’d be standing way before, and if i wasn’t warned then i’d probably be wearing not so comfy shoes. and the others are right, you’d want to make sure to have chairs for older guests no matter what.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Okay, let me try again.  The first pic of the wedding shows what you can see is the first row of people taking thier seats, and then the guy in the suit whose back you can see, he is in the second or third row. 

And the second pic just shows the empty space from farther back looking towards the fountain that we’ll be standing in front of.

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Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My venue doesn’t allow for chairs outside except a few for our older guests.

My Future Mother-In-Law mentioned going to plenty of weddings where evryone stood. We’ll keep it short & sweet (15 min max) and open the bar before the ceremony starts so people won’t feel their shoes as much.

 

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Personally, I think having a seating area (regardless of what it is) is the best thing to do. I just personally wouldn’t want to stand, it seems awkward to me.

Like another poster mentioned I saw people use bails of hay covered with blankets & it was so cute! Also, benches would prob be more affordable & they are awesome!! Or, even blankets and have a picnic style ceremony, this could be done very cute!

Take a look at Mrs. Gummy Bear’s set up (I’m in love with this women’s wedding!!)…swoon!!! [attachment=728108,94028]

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have the exact same problem. I have three ideas.

1) Do a couple rows of chairs for elderly and everyone else stands.

2) Do all chairs and talk to a few guys and groomsmen beforehand to sign them up to move them to our tent (which is about 15 feet away so not so bad, but still 150 chairs!)

3) Make it a picnic style. We’d still have a few rows of chairs in one area for the elderly, but put something on the invitations asking people to bring blankets and they can sit picnic style during the ceremony.

At my sister’s wedding it ended up raining and the venue couldn’t move all the chairs fast enough. She ended up with a couple rows of people sitting and everyone else gathered around standing. She said she loved how intimate it felt. I love the picnic idea a lot but I’m not sure how to phrase it on the invitation and I’m worried about sight lines with the couple rows of chairs.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oops here’s the photo I was trying to attach!

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