(Closed) No seats for ceremony??

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s okay to stand for the ceremony if it;s short (less than 20 minutes) and as long as you have a few chairs for elderly or handicapped guests (no need to make grandma stand for the whole time).

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would take a look at your guest list and consider having a seating section for guests who may not be able to stand even for a short ceremony – you could mark them reserved and appoint an usher or family member to offer the guests seats if they want them, or just leave it as a “seating as needed” section.

Otherwise, I think that would totally work for a short thing, assuming you mean 5-10 min.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve heard of a wedding like this before, and I think it is a good idea. As a guest, I wouldn’t mind standing for 20 minutes. Plus, it would save you the cost of renting chairs and having to move them around all day. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Its its a short ceremony (10 or 15 mins) then no seats are ok.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I agree with the other posters. If it’s a short ceremony and you have chairs for the elderly and infirm, you are fine.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well in my quest to find pics of my dress on real brides I stumble across a bride that used throws for guest seating. I don’t know if this idea fits with the look and feel of your wedding. But, like others you will have to accomodate those that can’t stand or sit this low with another option.

http://noeyehasseen.com/blog/eby-jacques-cph-square-wedding-bryllup/

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I guess I’ll be the voice of dissent and say that maybe having no chairs is not a great option for your guests.  It’s not just the length of the ceremony, but people will need to arrive before it begins, then the procession, then the ceremony.  It could end up being 30-45 minutes for some people. 

And besides the length of time, you may not know about everyone who might have an issue standing for a long period of time.  I myself have a bad back from 2 car accidents and standing without being able to sit would make me really uncomfortable.  It’s also not something I really broadcast, and then I’d be embarassed to take one of the few seats.  It would also feel awkward to sit while most people are standing.  There could be other people with non-public health problems as well – My mom’s had both of her hips replaced and needs both knees replaced and most of the family doesn’t know about that either. 

I had thought about having my wedding in a park in Saratoga too.  We were so close to having our wedding in Yaddo, with Congress Park as a close 2nd choice.  But the seating dilemma was too big of a hurdle. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hey I am doing the same thing. We have 4 stone benches to seat about 10 ppl and the rest will have to stand. I think its fine with short ceremony.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I thinking of doing the same thing.

 HueysLuda thanks for the link. love the throws. Did you have chairs for parents and grandparents?

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Friends of mine had a beach wedding and the guests all stood without complaint. They did provide some chairs up front for elderly and disabled guests as well as the parents. I think it worked out fine.

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