(Closed) Outdoor wedding -Does everyone need a chair?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 46
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

cut your guest list to 30 people or rent chairs.

Post # 47
1301 posts
Bumble bee

catsanddogs:  Woah there. That’s a bit much for me saying the nice thing to do for your guests is to allow them to sit down. Silly me! 

Post # 48
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

beebee1983: Don’t self depreciate. Australia needs you to stand (or sit) strongly for the rights of wedding guests all over our sunburnt nation. 

We’ve just changed the anthem to “Advance Australia Chair”. 

Post # 49
12674 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Keep in mind, too, that there is a big difference between walking around, as in a cocktail party, and standing in one place and trying not to move or be disruptive. I’ve seen young and perfectly healthy members of wedding parties faint and go down for the count after only a few minutes. Everyone needs a chair. 

Post # 50
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

catsanddogs:  yes, completely normal in australia. Out of 6 outdoor weddings I’ve attended none had a seat for every guest. nice idea if you can afford it, but I think it’s somewhat normal here to expect to stand for the ceremony. 

Post # 51
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I went to an outdoor wedding recently that didn’t have enough chairs for all guests during the ceremony. It was pretty awkward because I got there early and I just assumed they weren’t having many guests. Once the seats were filled and lots of people were standing, I felt like a real ass and wondered if I should get up and stand since I’m a young, able bodied person. I had chairs for everyone at my ceremony, plus extras. Not having chairs for everyone was never even an option that crossed my mind! 

Post # 52
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

beccabdh:  Are you renting super fancy chairs? Even in Socal where the prices are crazy it wouldn’t cost you $7 per chair. 

Also… this may sound familiar but YES EVERY PERSON NEEDS A CHAIR. It’s just unthinkable to assume people you’ve invited are going to be even remotely okay standing around for however long waiting for a ceremony to start, and stand throughout your ceremony. Let alone basically designating the 40 or so guests who don’t get chairs as second class citizens since they’re not family or elderly. 




(at an affordable place.)

Post # 53
1888 posts
Buzzing bee

Whoa, those are some expensive chairs! I’m in a pricy area for weddings, and I think $7-10 was the most expensive chair options my rental place had. You don’t need Chiavaris, but yeah, it’s nice for many reasons for people to be seated during the ceremony.

I agree with PPs that if seating is going to break your budget you may need to have some really hard conversations about what kind of wedding you can afford right now. If you can’t afford chairs, what about a photographer? Food? Entertainment?

Post # 54
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m in the camp of believing that every guest should be provided with a chair. Although your ceremony might be relatively short, when you consider how long guests are sometimes there before the ceremony starts coupled with the fact that cocktail hours are generally standing you realise that they’re on their feet for a long time. Our venue includes 80 chairs in our ceremony fee, but we think we’ll have around 100 guests – we’re renting the extra 20 chairs (only AUD$2.50 each through our venue) to ensure that everyone has a place to sit.

Post # 55
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

melbournebee87:  I’m Australian and just wanted to say that I have only attended one wedding that hasn’t provided enough ceremony seating for guests – and it was indoors, not outside (they got married in a little chapel where about a third of guests had to stand in the back and could hardly fit in through the doors). I’ll have to disagree with you that not providing enough seating is the norm here.

Post # 56
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you keep the ceremony really short and are sticklers about running things on-time then not having enough chairs might be okay. It sounds rather stressful though.  Have you asked/thought about renting benches instead of chairs  (they might be less expensive per person) .

Post # 57
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Wow people are intense about chairs!! I have been researching (nice) outdoor wedding venues in Sydney and surrounds recently is really normal for ceremony packages to include only 20-30 chairs to cater to elderly/disabled so it must be pretty standard, all of the outside weddings I’ve been to have had only 20 chairs, one with 0 and see lots of pics where that is the case. 
I think it’s fine it you are planning a short ceremony that itn’t in the heat of summer, I would also be mindful and avoid protracted dramatic arrivals. Also consider if there is shaded seating nearby for early arrivals so they would not be forced to stand for a long time.
People go to cocktail parties/clubs/bbqs etc that have minimal chairs and stand around for hours without all the fuss. 
If people are elderly/disabled/injured etc they just sit in one of the chairs. Maybe if you think that would apply to more than 30 you could consider just adding 10 or 20 more chairs. 
As the place is providing the 30 chairs I assume they have a monopoly on supply and have this cost to score themselves extra money if you want more chairs, it isn’t that hard to understand and probably makes it difficult to source your own chairs if they are providing a package. 

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