(Closed) Hay Bale Seating

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I haven’t seen this done before, but it sounds mighty uncomfortable unless it’s just for a very short time. Keep in mind the kinds of clothes your guests will be wearing. Many ladies will likely have on shorter dresses, some with pantyhose that could be snagged. Would it be possible for you to borrow or have made some basic wooden benches, with cushions on top if possible? If you do decide on hay bales they should probably be covered with a thicker material, like canvas.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I’ve seen this done before with missmatched quilts. It was adorable! You might want to inquire into who of your friends and family have some they might be willing to let you borrow.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

For our country-style wedding, we’re having a lounge area with some haybales covered with old quilts. That’s what I would recommend. Quilts are thick enough and soft. Anything else that would fit with that is either too thin or scratchy (burlap).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Quilts are a great idea!  Almost nothing else would really be thick enough that you could be sure hay wouldn’t poke through – and canvas is pretty expensive by the yard.  Sometimes you can get great old quilts at flea markets or second-hand stores for cheap, and if you buy ones that are a little damaged you can even justify cutting them into appropriate sizes to cover your bales.  If you can actually borrow enough that’s even better.  But I have a girlfriend who loves vintage fabrics, and I pick up old quilts and chenille bedspreads for her all the time at second-hand stores and estate sales, and you can often get full/queen sized quilts for $5 or $10 each – as compared to between $10 and $20 per yard for canvas.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

You could try canvas drop cloths in the paint section of any harware store. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Oooh, good idea MissRojoOso.  And they are really nice and thick, so you know nothing is going to come poking through at you halfway through the ceremony.  And then you can use them for years to come, every time you paint!!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I dealt with hay bales last summer for the archery program at a camp I was running, and one thing I learned is that hay bales hide LOTS of earwigs – or at least ours did. Every time you slightly moved them, earwigs scattered. Just an FYI! But the sound of bales covered in quilts does sound lovely 🙂

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I just found out about hay barrels too! We are having a late evening cocktail party theme and I was told it would be less expensive to do this and cover them for a loungy feel…hmmm

i was thinking buying a few full size egg crates for cheap and cover the tops of the hay barrel to make it softer and then cover it with a lighter fabris.

The hay barrels her are 3.50 a barrel!!! We need 10 of them and thats nothing compared to Cort Paty rentals that rented benches for 165 dollars each!

I about fell over when I heard that!  egg crates are very cheap too and then we cango with a thinner more attractive fabric. wuilts are a great choice but would not match out theme.

 

 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

If you’re going to use lighter material on the hay bales because of the egg crating, you’ll want to do the sides as well. Pokes from them can almost make it worse to have the tops padded and then covered. And you might want to spray them down with bugspray first, anyway.

Just a couple tips from a country girl who’s sat on a lot of hay bales. 

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m getting married in the country – both the ceremony and reception will be outdoors at my FI’s land on the lake. The reception will be under a nice (HUGE!) white tent. We want to get married not under the tent but out in the open. I’m struggeling with this – how am I going to get the chairs from the ceremony location to the tent area? Our guest list is a whopping 250. I am thinking of having my guests sit on haybales for the ceremony…but Fiance thinks this is redneck. What do you all think?

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

yikes-sounds uncomfortable to say the least.

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