(Closed) Alternate Seating for Beach Ceremony!!!!

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would highly suggest doing some more research – i find it hard to believe there is only on chair rental service in the area..

but alternative ideas…is your SO good at building things? i saw this pictuer of benches and thought it was adorable…i dont know if it would save you any money in the long run but it might be worth looking into. They look pretty easy to make, but i have no idea what the cost of wood is haha.

Post # 4
30391 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you have room to take seating with you to the wedding? This can be a huge factor.

Do you know anyone who could make you some simple benches? you can make or buy the cushions.

wedding decor riviera maya Bench bench

you could use hay bales with beach towels instead of blankets


wooden crates topped with surfboards

the old standby concrete blocks and boards

picnic benches-

Amazon has these kits to make your own benches





Post # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee

Yep. Ocean Tent is it. The next closest place is in Toms River, but they are even more. We got the cheapest ones they had since it was for such a short time…$2. chair. The rental lady there said that’s the one they suggest for the beachy ceremonies instead of the wooden ones.

They haven’t raised their prices any since last year, since I just checked and rentals are pretty much the same. So not worth the $3.50 for each chair.

Post # 6
6414 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Beach towels? Have people bring their own folding beach chairs?


Post # 8
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kim14410: You could always just have a few rows of chairs for elders and people who need to sit and then have everyone else stand. If your ceremony is short it shouldn’t be a big deal. This is what my cousin did & it worked out well- no complaints from any of the guest. I’m debating doing the same thing for our wedding- because the cheapest quote I received was $500 for chairs. Our ceremony will be less than 30 minutes.

Post # 9
30391 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I looked at the benches on Ocean Tents website and you are right- they are ugly. You could make covers easily though out of bolts of fabric. Lay the fabric over the bench just like a tablecloth.

 Just cut a length of fabric long enough to cover the bench and go to the sand on each end. Sew a weight to all four corners of the fabric or tie a rock into the corners in a knot of the fabric to prevent in flying off in the breeze. I might also add a weight in the middle of the fabric on each side.

If you really want to make it more comfortable, you could top the bench with a piece of foam cut to size before you add the fabric.

Post # 10
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think little benches are really cute…we’re having a beach wedding too and also looking into alternative seating. I also like the idea someone mentioned in another post about using drift wood if you can find peices that are long enough..and cover them with some pretty fabric? Though that may not be very comfy.

Here is a pic I like of a set up where someone used pillows!

Post # 11
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmm, I can’t really think of anything that might be significantly cheaper.  I was going to say pillows like the person above mentioned, but a large square pillow in a cute colour can be like 40 bucks, which is really no savings. 

I went a beach wedding with no chairs, and standing worked out just fine, but it was a short ceremony and a group of about 20.

Post # 12
3134 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could do beach blankets or big pieces of driftwood.

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