Post # 1
Since renting chairs costs money… and I don’t have alot of it… and our wedding IS a campfire/picnic/farm type theme…
Would it be so horrible if we had the guests sit on picnic blankets outside for the ceremony? I mean, I think it would look pretty neat… but would people totally hate sitting on the ground?
Post # 3
honestly, if i’m going to a wedding as a guest, i wear a dress. i wouldn’t really want to sit on the ground outside (even if there was a blanket provided) in a dress, i work with kids so i sit on the ground all the time, at wedding it’s a bit different. this also may be a problem for older guests (my grandma has requested chairs with arms for the old people, because they’re easier to get up from). i would prefer to stand if my other option was the ground. depending on how laid back you are/how tight the budget it: you could make it BYOC (bring your own chair!), have people stand for the ceremony & just provide a few seats for elderly or those that would have trouble, use benches, use seating for reception & have it moved after the ceremony to the reception, or just inform ppl ahead of time so they wear something they’re comfortable sitting on the ground in.
Post # 4
I agree with the PP, if I found out that a wedding was invited to didn’t have seating and it was just a blanket on the ground I would be upset and probably not go.
Post # 5
shucks. well it was an idea lol.
the venue i was looking at does not allow you to bring in your own chairs or rent from someone else and the reception chairs and ceremony chairs are seperate OMG and a plague on your hoursehold if you try to move them from one to the other.
unfortunately, i have been told by my guy that i keep thinking about the wedding purely in terms of how the photos will look without considering anything else.
so… chairs. got it.
Post # 6
I would hate it, honestly.
I show up early for weddings (and everything else), I wear dresses even to outdoor weddings, and I’m pretty allergic to grass. So assuming your ceremony is 20 minutes long, assuming I got there 15 minutes early, and assuming you start on time, I’d have to sit on the ground in my dress trying to not flash anyone for 35 minutes hoping to not get any grass on me.
If you made it clear to your guests that jeans/shorts are okay, and if you provided chairs to you older guests you could get away with it I suppose….but I tend to think that if you are asking people to a party, you should try to make them comfortable at the party, and I think for most people sitting on the ground is not comfortable.
Post # 7
If you note that the wedding is casual dress, not semi formal or something, I think it would actually be fun and really neat!
Post # 8
Could you use something like haybales with blankets over them? I wouldn’t want to sit directly on the ground, but some semblence of a seat would make me happy. I have also seem some weddings where they use long wood (picnic style) wood benches.
Post # 9
I like futuremrskline’s idea of hay bales or picnic benches.
You could even mix the two. Have some blankets up in the front for adventurous people then a line or two of hay bales and then a line of picnic benches or tables. Then let people pick where they want to sit. As long as you’re accomodating to older guests I think that could look really cool.
Post # 10
I agree with the hay bale idea, but be careful about people’s allergies.
Post # 11
Didn’t Mrs. Earrings do (or think about?) a picnic reception? Maybe? Anyway, I think it could be cute, as long as you provide options for older/less mobile guests and make it clear what you’re inviting people to so that they wears clothes that they’ll be comfortable sitting on the ground in.
Post # 12
I think benches at least are a necessity. As others have mentioned, people dress up for a wedding. Plus, you will likely have people of all ages that may have trouble getting on and off the ground. Poor Darling Husband can’t even sit on the ground because of a hip problem he has. He would be so uncomfortable! Plus the dear elderly…
I know a couple that got married on a farm and they made benches- build simple backless benches for people to sit on. It worked really well.
Post # 13
We did this for our ceremony, and provided 4 5-person deacon’s benches for elderly/disabled guests to be accommodated, too.
We got great feedback on it.. most guests thought it lended to the charm of our rustic/casual wedding.
Post # 14
I’m having a picnic reception, with blankets on the ground! (And a couple backed benches for the parents and grandfather to sit on.) We’re only having 28 guests, so I was able to let them all know to wear something casual and comfortable, but they are all so excited! I think it’s a great idea, @rosworms . Go with it!
Post # 15
I would just go with chairs. The blankets could be an option, but I don’t think everyone would be comfy with that. I’m really allergic to hay and would have to take a lot of allergy meds to be feeling decent that day.
Post # 16