(Closed) Guests standing for the ceremony?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@auburnfan009:  I think it depends on how long your ceremony is going to be.  If you’re just having the vows and it’s only going to be 15 minutes it’s a very different scenario than an hour long ceremony with readings, soloist, etc.  Also, I’d plan on having a chair for any guest over 70.

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Personally, I would not want to stand for a ceremony lasting more than 10 minutes.  I also wouldn’t want my grandma, other elderly relatives, or very pregnant bridesmaid to stand either.  Even if it’s a brief ceremony, say from 5pm to 5:15 pm, I’d likely arrive a bit prior to 5pm so as not to be late.  That could end up being a good 30 minutes in 3 inch heels, know what I mean?

I would either rent those white folding chairs- that way the rental company would be responsible for set up and break down.  Or, ask the restaurant if they can set up extra chairs and if they would charge for that.

Oh, and I LOOOOOVE Maggiano’s.  I think their food is delish 🙂  The Malbec is wonderful if you’re serving wine for your guests.

Post # 5
13292 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agreed with @Cappugcino.   As long as the ceremony is short and there are chairs for elderly/handicapped people, then I think you’re good.  If you go much longer than 15 minutes, you’d need to get chairs.

Post # 7
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

That sounds like such a sweet wedding! I think it’ll turn out awesome! Congrats!! 

Post # 8
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We ended up with standing ceremony on accident.  We rented chairs but they never showed.  Everyone actually said that since the ceremony was so short, they thought standing worked much better in the end and nobody complained. 

Post # 9
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@auburnfan009:  If it’s short, then I’d say standing is fine, but I’d assign a couple groomsman to move a handful of chairs for elderly guests 🙂

Post # 11
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have been to two weddings where most guests stood for the ceremony and it was fine.  (In fact, we are planning to do the same!)  Both couples provided limited seating for elderly relatives and close family and kept the ceremony itself short.


Post # 15
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My best friend got married at a gazebo at the beach and had no chairs, people sorta huddled around. I was Maid/Matron of Honor so didn’t bother me but just remember it seeming kinda caotic having people stand around waiting for it to start, then not being able to really see as everyone squished in closer

Post # 16
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had an outdoor wedding, with a short ceremony. We had seating for immediate family and older guests, and standing for the rest. We did have a delay in starting, since there were some cars that had to be moved last minute. There ceremony was maybe 15 minutes – vows and ring exchange – and guests didn’t seem to mind. We didn’t have room for enough chairs for all the guests, but wanted to get married by the waterfall, so we made it work. No one complained, even to other family members. There were benches and such nearby for the pre- and post-ceremony times.

If it’s short and sweet, and chairs are available for older guests, I’d definitely go for it. Plus if it’s in a restaurant, then guests can probably find a place to sit if there is a delay? Something to think about in the planning. I agree moving chairs back and forth would probably be chaotic.

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