(Closed) Chairs for everyone?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My cousins got married on a mountain pass and there were only a few chairs there (for the grandmothers) and it really wasn’t a big deal for any of the guests.  As long as you accommodate the guests that need them and the ceremony is short I think you should be fine.  

Post # 4
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think it depends on your guests – how many elderly, etc. I considered local parks in my area, but nixed them all when I learned we weren’t able to bring in any chairs. All we could use were the benches or whatever happened to be already in the park. I have family coming in from Chicago and a handful of elderly and I was not going to ask them to stand. We are having a short ceremony, but all the same I wasn’t comfortable with that.

Post # 5
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

20 minutes is kind of long to be standing


can you find cheap rentals?

Post # 6
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hey futuremrs,

 I posted something similar a few months ago and an overwhelming majority of bees said seat everyone!  Having never been to a wedding before where guests were required to stand, I don’t really know how that feels from a guests perspective, so I have to take the bees word for it!  But I know chair rentals are sooo expensive and it does seem like a waste when they’ll only be used for a half hour.  I haven’t finalized my plans yet, but Im going to look into the cost of renting benches.  It may be waaaay higher than chairs, anybody know? But I like that look over the look of the kind of chairs I’d probably be able to afford!  Good luck, I’ll be reading the advice you get too!

Post # 7
150 posts
Blushing bee

IMO, I definitely say seat everyone, I absolutely hate standing for a whole ceremony, I feel you are not able to enjoy it as much. One of my BMs just went as a guest to a wedding where she had to stand and that is absolutely all she talked about, I’m sure the bride would want her going on about how beautiful everything was but she was so perturbed of having to stand. Also, my parents just went to a June beach wedding yesterday in Florida and said that with the 110deg heat index, they are surprised no one passed out! What an awful one to have to stand through!

However on the flip side, I totally understand that costs are ridiculous for chair rentals!


p.s. outdoor at a state park sounds like an absolutely amazing backdrop!

Post # 8
200 posts
Helper bee

We’re not seating everyone for our ceremony. We’re having cocktail hour first, as guests arrive, and plan to seamlessly transition into a short ceremony. I’m going to do reserved seats for those who absolutely need them and have a few extras for anyone else who might prefer not to stand. I think it’s going to be fine.

Post # 9
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

this is a subject near and dear to my heart…we’re doing a standing ceremony in a park, we’ll have 8 chairs for the folks that really need them. 

What I think is going to make it work is that we’ve fully informed every single one of our guests the situation.  They can prepare and make the choice for themselves if they can attend.

I think the key is to let people know what they’re in for and be okay with the fact that it may not be for everyone.

Post # 11
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

I went to a wedding at 4 p.m. in NC in June with no chairs. It was SOOO hot and muggy and all I could think about the entire ceremony was how I couldn’t wait to a. sit and b. get in the sahde. If you can swing it I’d recommend getting chairs

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