(Closed) Hay bale seating at ceremony – suggestions?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m not old, so I don’t know how inconvenient it would be for an old person, but… 😛

Speaking from personal experience, hay makes me extremely, extremely itchy. I have seasonal allergies and I think maybe that has something to do with it. But I would be okay as long as you had some kind of nice, thick blanket or something covering up the hay I’d be sitting on.

Also take into account the length of your ceremony. If you’re having a short ceremony you might be okay, but if your ceremony is going to be longer, just remember that hay bales don’t have seat backs, and your guests will have to hold themselves upright, instead of leaning back in a seat.

Post # 4
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

The downside of hay bales is no back. But for a short period that’s okay. The other big thing is that the hay can be really scratchy. I happen to be allergic to hay so I would probabl end up with red marks on my legs. This can be solved by covering the hay bales with a thick fabric like a quilt.

Post # 6
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I think this is a cute idea as long as you cover the bales with padding and quilts and provide more conventional seating for the elderly.

Post # 8
1809 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@rachelmichelle:  +1 I cna second the itchyness. I did a hay ride at my high school’s senior week. Not only was I horribly itchy for a week, I could barely breath for about an hour after the fact.

Post # 9
721 posts
Busy bee

@Daisy4:  I am horribly allergic to hay and would probably stand..I like the idea of wooden benches too.The elderly won’t necessarily need a back but that might be dependant on the length of the ceremony.

Post # 10
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I attended a wedding awhile back where they were married on a farm and also used hale bales for seating. No one was aware that this was happing and it being a July wedding in Ohio it was hot! Almost everyone who had their legs exposed ended up breaking out in some type of rash on the backs of their legs or hand hay poking at them. I worried the whole time about something getting snagged. I did search online and found pictures of where couples had laid down a cloth that matched their colors on top of the bales to make it just a bit nice for guests to sit on.

Post # 11
9 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

Comfort is important when working with hay bales. Spray them for ticks first off and if you would like to make couches I have a great padding idea. Find some picnic table cloths and a whole bunch of news papers. Use a hole puncher and some yarn to make some cheap but effective cushions by making pouches out of the table cloth and stuffing the news paper inside. They will protect your guest’s legs and garmets! Blankets can be great too but are usually more expensive and can rip or be pokey. Hope it helps!

Post # 12
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Please consider covering your hay with something that’s protective and comfortable to sit on, like a thick blanket or quilt. I had to sit on bare hay for a wedding and it was misery. The hay was buggy too and bees loved it. I like the idea of covered hay bales mixed in with some wooden benches with backs for elderly guests or people that are allergic to hay. Don’t forget to spray your hay for bugs!


Post # 13
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@Daisy4:  I love the hay couches in the link the PP posted. I’m not allergic to hay, but I find it uncomfortable to sit on. Since your wedding is in May it’s likely that your female guests will be wearing dresses or skirts with bare legs I think it’s a good idea to put something down. Hay can be pretty scratchy and I’ve had a rash on the backs of my legs before from sitting on it so I think that you should put down throws and blankets etc. for ALL of your guests. I wouldn’t take up a bench or covered bale if there weren’t a lot of them in case somebody who needed it was missing out, but I’d probably be uncomfortable if I had bare legs. 

Some kind of back support would also be good, I’m pregnant and it’s already giving me horrible back and shoulder pains if I can’t lean on the back of a chair when I sit for an extended period. 

Plus, bugs freak me out and if the hay was buggy like a PP said it might be, I’d be standing. 

Post # 14
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Having grown up around horses I have a little bit of experience with hay. And if your wedding is formal at all this is a horrible idea. However if everyone knows to show up in jeans it shouldn’t be much of an issue. Another thought is that you might try Alfalfa instead of hay. It tends to be in denser bales which might give your guests a little extra support (I’ve sunken into a few hay bales). Its also green and smells better.

Post # 15
6430 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We used hay bales as our altar area where we got married, and had or guests in regular chairs for their comfort 🙂

Post # 16
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I guess I will have to say I wouldn’t be happy to show up at a wedding where sitting on hay bales is the only option.  Even stacking them to create a couch would not be comfortable for anyone, really, unless you are allowing your guests to wear jeans.  I think straw bales would be slightly more comfortable, but sitting on either in my finest dress would not thrill me.  Of course, the only time I have sat on them is when I’m in the barn…working…in my jeans.




*You do mean hay bales and not straw bales, correct?  Most people don’t know the difference.


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