(Closed) Ceremony Advice / Invitation Help

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

May I ask why you’re doing it in the park at all? Why would you not just have it at the reception place? Since you are not having the usual trappings, it would be very easy to have the ceremony while people are seated. You could even have champagne/drinks on the tables, and when you kiss (or whatever the ‘final’ part of your ceremony is) people can cheers/drink and get the party started.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

So I know you said no chairs, but if I showed up and there was no chairs, I would be in so much pain, even with a short ceremony. Not everyone close to me knows about these health problems, meaning it’s likely you’ll have people who have health issues you don’t know about. Please have chairs. I find it pretty rude to not offer seating to people.

It sounds pretty casual. What if you invited people to bring their own camping chairs? 

Otherwise I would put “standing ceremony only. Please ensure appropriate footwear” somewhete in an info card with your invitations. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

How long do you have your photographer for? You could do a ‘first look’ in the woods too which would be really pretty, and then still do everything else convneiently.

If you want to stick with your original plan, I like chocos wording. If you are also not fussed with people showing up, you can have someone spread it by word of mouth.

You also CAN rent chairs for 15m, but yes, it is a pain. You can even have a company come out and do the set up/takedown for you, but it will cost you a little bit. Perhaps since its a Friday night you might get a good rate though. Maybe check into it, because they wouldn’t be losing the rest of the weekend business. Who knows, might be an option.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You’re doing it in a park right? Is there an alternative spot in the park that has picnic tables? You could just rearrange those for at least some seating near the front? 

For the camping chair idea, if it’s a very casual wedding, I wouldn’t have an issue with being asked to bring my own if I wanted to sit. You could designate people sitting in the front and everyone else standing behind them. I would try to grab about 10 chairs of your own to set up for anyone who forgot one. But handing out camping chairs and setting them up literally takes no time so t seems like a good option in your case. 

Howvee, ultimately, I agree with the pp about doing your ceremony at the same spot as the reception. It’s so much easier and you don’t have issues with people getting lost or drinking or whatever. You can take photos before hand with your fiancé in the park instead so that at least you have those photos. 

I know the park may mean a lot to you, but once you invite guests, you need to consider them. 

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