Post # 1
So I am needing to make a sign (after some frustrating talks with the venue) that explains that some people may need to stand. How can I politely word a sign that says if you are able to stand for the ceremony please do so. There are a lot of older, families with children sort of people at the wedding so yeah…any advice would be helpful
Post # 3
@faeriegirl05: how long is the ceremony? There’s no way to get extra chairs? I’d be frustrate standing for a long time in heels. Not sure on the wording…
Post # 4
The chairs out there
are not for the young or the fair,
but for those who have earned them most.
(Please stand if you are able)
Post # 5
My sister in law did this and it was posted on her website, it just stated something like due to limitations there will not be enough seats for everyone so please be considerate of women, children and elderly. It was completely fine and it also stated that the ceremony would only be 15mins…
Post # 6
@mamadingdong: Ceremony would be about 30 minutes, there is no way to add more chairs as there isnt more room. When we initally talked to the venue he said we should be able to get 150 chairs in the deck space and after speaking with him again only 80 chairs will fit. I know some of my friends and family will stand without issue, just the wording stinks lol
Post # 7
@faeriegirl05: how frustrating! I like nona’s little poem.
Post # 9
Due to limited seating, please allow older guests and children to occupy the seats before taking one. We really appreciate your cooperation.
Something like that?
Post # 10
There is limited seating
At this very brief meeting
Could you give us a hand?
If you’re able, please stand.
Post # 11
I would make sure the wording isn’t just “seats for the elderly and children.” I look young and healthy, but I have a pain condition that makes standing for long stretches difficult. With a sign like that, I would feel really awkward about taking a seat even if I needed one that day, and certain I’d get dirty looks. So I’d limit it to “please stand if you’re able,” rather than specifying who the chairs are meant for.
Post # 12
@faeriegirl05: What a bummer! 30 minutes is a long time to make people stand though — could you consider shortening the ceremony?
Post # 13
Do you need to make a sign? Can you make it the job of the ushers/groomsmen and maybe spread the word about the issue before hand?
Post # 14
Good luck. I’m getting married this weekend and my coordinator just told me that because of the rain the ground would be too soft for chairs for an outside ceremony. So now we either have to have an outside ceremony with NO chairs at all or one inside where guests would be at the tables theyd be having dinner at. UGH
Post # 15
@mistress_anne: Totally agree. I had moderate-severe chronic pelvic and back pain a couple of years ago which made standing for long periods really difficult. I would have felt really awkward sitting with a sign that specified elderly/young people.
Post # 16
What an absolute nightmare. I like the suggestions of PPs though.
I would be so angry with my venue, if this is their mistake.