(Closed) Beach wedding – chairs needed??

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

we will be getting married on the beach and we will be using chairs 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Out of the 20+ weddding I do on beaches every year. I would say only 5 out of the 20 have chairs for the guests. So it really is up to you. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m reading the Wedding Ceremony Planner and the author includes a plea for chairs in there. She says that without chairs the ceremony can lack order and focus and that guests will be more likely to talk and not pay attention during the ceremony. I’m dealing with the same question and I’m leaning towards chairs even though they will be a hassle to set up at my ceremony site.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

As a guest at any wedding I would appreciate a place to sit during the ceremony and the reception. Maybe I’m high maintenance, but I’d be a little annoyed, unless it was like a 5 min ceremony…and then I’d still probably complain to my Fiance about it lol.

If you have older guests, or it’s going to be particularly hot then I would definitely go with the chairs.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

u will def want to rent chairs. i got married on the beach in june. people will want to sit, take their shoes off, enjoy the ocean before ur ceremony. our guest list was only 20 people and the ceremony last 20 mins. hope ur day is amazing

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think it depends on how many guests. We had only about 24 for our beach wedding. They stood in a semi circle around us. No one talked during the wedding..No one complained. We even kind of asked around prior…our ceremony was only 12 minutes, and we did family pics right after..and then headed to dinner. I couldn’t justify the cost of renting for 15 minutes. Especially on an island where everything was double the price.

It looks good, we had natural aisle, a path that led to the beach, with picture frames hung in trees mason jars and glass vases with candles..so when you got to the end, you just stood there…it seemed weird, but it worked out.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Is there a place for guests to wait beforehand, where they can sit? We always try to arrive 15 minutes early, so add that to a 15-minute ceremony, and I’m not a happy guest if I have to stand for 1/2 hour- have some hip issues. Older guests wouldn’t be pleased, either.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it depends on how long your ceremony is.

Our’s was about 15 minutes. We had about 12 chairs set our for our disabled/unable to stand (there was a sign on the back of one chair saying “Reserved for our guests unable to stand) guests. Since the ceremony/reception was at the same location and the rented chairs were being used for the tables inside,. we neither wanted to rent extra chairs for 15 minutes or haul them into the reception. There was a runner in order to keep the aisle clear.

I do think some type of “aisle” should be used. A row of shepard hooks with flowers/poms, lanterns with candles or even a shell lined pathway. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We just got married on the beach (Bahamas in July so it was hot) and only had 6 other people there. We didn’t do chairs but we were right near our hotel room/pool so people could sit after the ceremony while we did pictures. The ceremony was only about 20 minutes tops. If you have elderly people you might need to provide some kind of seating. We didn’t have that issue. If you have a big group or a longer ceremony planned you might want chairs but it’s a big expense I’d try to avoid.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@msgiraffe2013:  I think it might depend on how long your ceremony is…

also to be fair to the short people, I think its best to have everyone sit and only you and your Fiance stand but at the same time, it might be nice to have everyone close to you…

Do you have anyone with any physical handicaps?

I know my grama wouldn’t love standing the whole time and my dad has had a knee replacement TWICE so he would prefer a chair as well…

You know your crowd best so I think you should think of them & what they would prefer.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@KimmySumShuga:  Good point about short people. The last wedding I attended had an outdoor ceremony with chairs for only…maybe 40% of the guests. I ended up in the overflow, standing behind some tall people (or, at least, average sized people) and I couldn’t see anything. This was a not-particularly-close relative of my FI’s so I didn’t mind, but I guess I would have been kind of bummed if the bride or groom had been someone close to me.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It definitely depends on how long and formal you intend your wedding to be. I would also take the amount of guests into consideration. I went to more casual wedding (all guests were asked to wear black, but no one wore shoes) with no more than 20 people there. We all stood and formed an aisle for the bride. It was beautiful and intimate– and short!!. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I also worry about if you have any elderly family members.  Because sitting down on the ground maybe be hard for them to A.) get down there and B.) get back up hehe.  And I also concur with @KimmySumShuga I am a shortie and sometimes its really hard to see anything if you arent at the front. 

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