(Closed) Chairs or no chairs? And ideas please?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Is it ok to skip on the chairs for the ceremony only?
    No! Have chairs for everyone : (30 votes)
    83 %
    Yes you can skip chairs : (0 votes)
    Maybe have chairs for the elderly or the ones who need them : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    9549 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You will definately need chairs for some of the guests that can’t stand long times. I’ve been to weddings that did this, and it worked but they kept the ceremony to under 10 minutes. Also keep in mind that many people get to a ceremony 30 min early and there is always a little time after the ceremony so the time standing is likely to be an hour with a 20 minute ceremony.

    Post # 4
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    I think you definitely need chairs… 

    people might get to the ceremony 30 minutes early..

    the ceremony might start 10 minutes late (you never know)

    Ceremony lasts anywhere from 15-30 minutes..

    that’s 55 minutes of people standing. I just think it would be considerate to your guests to not make them stand… 

    Post # 5
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just go ahead and rent the chairs.  It will be money WELL SPENT!  =)

    Post # 6
    7719 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    With the reception venue 50 yards away, I think you can get away with just some chairs, because I imagine people will wander down from the reception venue about 10 minutes before start time, and most people can stand for a short time, so long as the ceremony is short. I’ve been to a couple of weddings with only some chairs – including one when I was 7 months pregnant – and I was fine standing.

    But you certainly need some chairs: not everyone pregnant or elderly can stand comfortably for even 10 minutes.

    EDIT: Good point below about obscuring the view. The wedding I’m thinking of was kind of small, maybe seating for 30 and another 20-30 of us standing, so that wasn’t an issue.

    Post # 8
    6215 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    @pinkgreenandyellow:  I’m glad that you might be able to get them cheap. 

    While you say it’s only twenty minutes, it is also the most important twenty minutes of the whole day. You want people to be comfortable and able to focus on what they’re watching, not keeping their balance and being comfortable. Also, having everyone stand may greatly hinder the view of some guests, especially children. It would suck to stand through the 20 minute ceremony and not really be able to see anything because you’re shorter than the people around you

    Post # 9
    5546 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Get the chairs. Even if you only have 20 minutes of ceremony people will get there early and standing around doing nothing isn’t fun. 

    Post # 12
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    If I had to stand for a 30 minute or less ceremony in my heels I’d be pretty uncomfortable and pretty ticked.

    Post # 13
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have seen photos of benches, like wood ones above, hay bales, even some brides have talked on here about blankets, and it’s hard because yes, it’s 20 mins, but as others shared with me when I had this dilemma,  folks arrive early, in heels and dressed up, they need to be able to sit, is the going thought on this. hopefully you can get a good deal on your seating, good luck! we decided to just let folks know (on the website and invites) that our is at a public space and no seating or cover will be provided, as our space will not allow set up of chairs and or tents ๐Ÿ™   but it’s beautiful, so that’s the trade-off. If you do a search on here you will see tons of discussions about chairs ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 14
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Its not just standing, its being able to set down my purse, camera, coat, program, etc. And if there are kids/babies, they are not milling about. Plus, us short people may not be able to see if we are standing behind others. Chairs are definitely worth the expense!

    Post # 15
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @missmorganista:  Agreed. People will arrive early and end up standing for an hour or so. Chairs are necessary. 

    Post # 16
    3584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @pinkgreenandyellow:  Standing with a cocktail in my hand I can go two hours, that is if I can move around.

    Listening to a wedding ceremony, sure I CAN stand but would rather not.

    See the difference between the two (besides the alcohol) is that you’ve got to stand in one place, can’t move around like at a cocktail party.

    But in the end you are right, most adults can stand for 20 minutes.

    I suppose you wouldn’t consider my favorite scenario of all times for a wedding: Invite the guests, serve cocktails, get married. sigh.   ๐Ÿ™‚

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