Post # 1
Haybales for seating: do you love it or hate it?
I LOVE the look but I’m afraid of allergies for people and it seems like it wouldn’t be that comfortable. I’m debating throwing some foam or batting across the top of the haybale and then fabric on top of that so people don’t get poked in the butt with hay!
My wedding is an outdoor ceremony in the mountains (hippie vintage rustic eclectic) and I wanted bench or pew seating for my ceremony but I can’t find any to rent! So, I’m debating just doing the haybale thing.
Any brides (or wedding guests) have experiences with using haybales? Did they smell?
Post # 3
@kateisstoned: Have you ever sat on a haybale? You might wanna give it a try before you commit to this one, hay is pointy, and pokey and yeah, I looks really awesome…but a single straw of hay can get through denim and make a pretty good mark…I think if you cover it with some canvas and then do a nice fabric over, you’ve certainly got a shot and making it comfortable, but if anyone’s allergic, that could suck…have som claratin and benedryll on hand just in case…also, setting them up with enough time for the dust and debris they kick up to settle, is a big help too…and if you have elderly guests or people who have had hip replacement or something like it, a few chairs won’t ruin the effect, and are much easier to get into, sit in and get back out of since they sit higher and have arms and a back.
Post # 4
If you use them, you do need to cover them. I grew up on a farm, and that stuff is pokey, scratchy and overall uncomfy. Yes, the look can be cool, but your guests might not appreciate it.
Also, if you just cover the top of the bales, remember that there will be bare legs and the front of the bales too.
Post # 5
I love the look, and really really wanted to do this for my wedding. But the cost of buying enough hay bales was actually the same price as renting chaires… and using the hale bales was supposed to double as a cheaper option (on top of being awesome looking!)
We looked at “borrowing” the bales, but no one was willing :
Post # 6
I think a bride on Four Weddings used haybales and the other 3 brides didn’t like sitting on them at all. Haybales are fairly hard, very pokey, and will make everything smell like hay. There will also be a lot of hay dust when you move them around, so it could be very uncomfortable for anyone with allergies. It really depends on whether or not you want your wedding to be memorable and enjoyable for your guest, or if you want it to have nice Pinterest/Blog-worthy pictures. Haybales will look very cool and trendy, but they will not be comfortable for your guests.
Post # 7
If you want to use haybales, to make them tolerable for your guests just get some thick quilts to put over the tops of them and drape over the sides a little. Using mis-matching country quilts could add to the theme as well.
Post # 8
I think it can look beautiful, but as someone who has horrendous allergies, I probably would sit on one even with canvas or fabric over it.
would it be possible to do a mix of chairs for those with allergies or older guests who may need more support in the back?
Post # 9
I think that haybales would be adorable, but I’m going to echo the other ladies and say cover them. I grew up on a farm, and my mom used to make us sit on those things as punishment. So put some burlap or canvas over them, and call it good.
Here’s some inspiration pics that hopefully help you make your choice. 🙂
Post # 10
Having grown up on a farm and used hay bales for seating on a regular occasion, I’ll just say don’t leave the hay uncovered. Unless it’s good quality hay (which you’ll have to pay through the nose for), there will be grass seeds, or even small sticks through it which are incredibly uncomfortable to sit on. Sitting on them for too long can cause rashes to show up, even on people that aren’t allergic, just because of the constant irritation. On top of that, they can be very dusty too, which could cause real issues with anyone with hayfever, asthma or other allergies.
Post # 11
If you have grandparents and elderly people, or people with back problems and whatnot coming you should definitely have additional seating. They won’t be too happy to be sitting on hay!
Post # 12
I think I’d be dying from my allergies from the minute I arrived. And not just sneezing too!! If my legs were touching the hay I would probably get hives. I know that might be a little bit extreme, but take that into consideration. If just one guest is uncomfortable, it might not be worth it?
Post # 13
I’m going to be using them! I have awful allergies, but we will be able to put them in place a few days prior to wedding, and will cover them with thick quilts and pillows.
Comfort is our priority, and we’ve ‘tested’ lots of ideas at our place.
Just cotton fabric isn’t thick enough to avoid the inevitable scratching.
Cotton batting (like for the inside of quilts) is too hard to clean up, and makes the hay unusable for any other purpose.
Foam was better, but the hay tore the bottom of it up, and it actually slid when we sat on it.
Plain old haybales are boring and super uncomfortable.
The best thing we came up with so far is to use high quality hay put in place 2-3 days prior, and beat them that day. That helps to sort of squish them and get out a good amount of the dust etc. Then, clean up the debris. The morning of the wedding, cover the bales in THICK quilts like Gramma used to make, not like you buy at the store. Thrifting is great for this!!
They did smell for a day or two, but by day 3, they don’t really that much, and they stopped bothering my allergies.
We’ll see how our friends and families do on our wedding!
Post # 14
@MrsEsteyToBe: If you still want to use them, you should look into strawbales, not hay. Straw is much cheaper because it’s used for animal bedding- hay is a scarce commidity with the drought and with high demand for animal feed- that’s why the price is so high.
Post # 15
Some people need back support, others will want it.