(Closed) Moving of the chairs

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How long is your ceremony? If you want them to stand for say 15 to 20 minutes no big deal… any longer than that and I would have chairs. Also think of your grandparents and older realitves and friends, how long are they going to be able to stand?

Post # 4
46470 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would have chairs for the ceremony. You can use the same chairs as you plan to use for the reception. Most often people are more than willing to help, they just need to know what you would like them to do.

Most wedding chairs are stackable so they can carry a few at a time.

If your chairs are not stackable, but are foldable, the guys can usually carry 4 at a time, so if you have 4 guys it will only take them 4 or 5  trips each.

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

While I might not mind standing for a very brief ceremony, I know my grandma, who would arrive 10 minutes early, would NOT be able to stand for very long.  Nor would my very pregnant friend, or FI’s friend with the broken leg.

It would be best to have a chair for every butt, and maybe hire someone to move the chairs, or designate a strapping young cousin or so to stack them up and move them.  In general, it’s considered rude to ask your guests to work your wedding.

Post # 6
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Unless we opt for a church ceremony we’re going to have to ask people to move the chairs, I’m going with folding either way so they should be easier to carry and someone fit and able can easily carry two so they can help with people that can’t. I’m only planning on 40 people or so though.

ETA: I know another bee hired a couple of high school kids to move them because the caterer was charging a fortune, paid maybe $50 per kid, so that’s another option.

Post # 7
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Please have chairs for the ceremony. Having had to stand at a wedding before, I would never submit a guest to this- starts to get a little uncomfortable in heels, etc.

Are you having a caterer or other wait staff, who could move the chairs for you?


Post # 8
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We looked at a venue that did this, and they said it always worked out fine.  They said to have the grooms men move the chairs of those who cannot move them (grandparents, etc).  I’d rather move my chair then stand for a ceremony.

Post # 9
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsNerdy:  Ditto, I’d rather move my chair. Light-weight and/or folding chairs would be appreciated, don’t want to lug some super awkward heavy thing if possible.

Post # 10
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We tossed the idea of moving 100 chairs from ceremony to reception space around and had recruited six males (brother, 2 nephews, 3 cousins) to do the job which would have taken about 10-15 minutes following the ceremony.

This wasn’t ideal, but it would allow us to have “pretty” chairs for both ceremony and reception.

We ended up not needing to execute the idea b/c we are now buying double the number of chair covers and the venue is trading us open bar (beer and wine) for those chair covers…but, we weren’t adverse to moving the chairs, and the six guys we talked to were more than willing.

I’m not a fan of standing ceremonies even if they are short.  Our ceremony is 15-20 minutes, but most guests will be there 15-20 minutes early..so that’s 30-40 minutes of standing…yuck.

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