(Closed) Outdoor ceremony: guests seated or is standing ok?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How long is the ceremony? Personally I think you need chairs regardless. How many people are you expecting?

Post # 4
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You definately need chairs.  It wouldn’t look organized and guests would be uncomfortable.

Post # 5
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it depends on how long the ceremony is. Also, if you have guests with children, or guests who are elderly, it might be better to provide seats for them.

Post # 6
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you have a short ceremony and provide seating for the older guests, I think you can sorta get away with it.  A lot of guests might be wearing uncomfortable shoes, so that’s something to keep in mind.  If you can swing it, I’d say chairs at the ceremony go a long way in overall guest comfort, so maybe there’s somewhere else you could save some money.  At the least, you could provide enough chairs that only guests who volunteer to stand have to do so.

Post # 7
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Get seats for everyone. Some people always feel entitled to them and wont cede their chairs to the old people… It may not sound intuitive but if you have standing room only, I can guarrenty at least a hand full of ladies will have their stilettos sink into your yard. I don’t know about you but I wouldnt want my yard aerated.

Post # 8
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree to get sits for everyone.  It cost us around $220 for 50 seats for our park ceremony.  It was definitely worht it because we were an hour late getting started due to traffic.

Post # 9
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I have attended a ceremony on a deck overlooking a lake.  It was a beautiful spot for the ceremony.  Most people had seats, especially the elderly.  However not everyone had seats.  It got a tad uncomfortable as the ceremony went on.  Standing in heels is not exactly comfortable, lol.  We all sucked it up because that’s just what you do at a wedding, but it wasn’t like we preferred that arrangement as guests.  At least the ceremony was covered so we weren’t in the elements when it began to sprinkle.

Post # 10
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would have seating for everyone for the reasons PPs have already stated, sorry!

Post # 12
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think standing for 20 minutes and seats for the older folks is fine as long as your guests know in advance that is what they will be expected to do.  Talk up your venue/arrangements and the ladies will know to wear comfortable shoes.    

Post # 13
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I think you have to get seats. Uncomfortable shoes, kids, elderly, disabled – all good reasons to have seats.

They wouldn’t have to be fancy or really expensive, but I think youre guests would really appreciate it.

Post # 14
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Get chairs for everyone.  I’ve been to weddings with seats only for some people, and it sucks.  You’re not just standing (in heels) for the length of the ceremony.  Most people get to weddings early (15-30 minutes), and that tacked onto the ceremony time, plus cocktail hour… it’s a long time to stand up.  Chairs for 25 people won’t cost that much.

Post # 15
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

One of my bridesmaids was married 2 months before me and had a ceremony where they made everyone (except elderly and pregnant women) stand.  It was a 15 min ceremony, and even that felt too long.  It was also a problem because as a short person, it was hard to see anything!

Post # 16
3267 posts
Sugar bee

Chairs 100%.  Even if you have a 20 min ceremony it will mean standing for about 35 mins, since people won’t get there right at the start time, but will arrive early. 

Also, how do you decide who is disabled enough to deserve a chair?  Not everyone has a visible issue.  Not to mention that people will be in their high heels and fancy clothes which would decrease standing ability. 

It also brings up logistical issues, how do you reserve the seats for those that need them? 

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