(Closed) provide chairs for the ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
10283 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

20-30 minutes is a long time to ask people to stand. Most will arrive early so tack on another 15-30 minutes for punctuality. I personally think that’s much too long to expect your guests to stand.

Post # 4
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

If it’s at all possible to bring in chairs I would do it. I always arrive at least 20 min early for a wedding and standing for 40 minutes (if you actually start on time) is a long time. 

Post # 5
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The previous posters make excellent points.  I usually wear heels to a wedding (well, I wear them everywhere but that is beside the point Embarassed) and I’d be a little frustrated standing around outside in heels waiting for the ceremony to start and then through the whole ceremony especially if it is taking place on grass or sand or another texture that my heels would sink into.

Post # 6
4485 posts
Honey bee

You need to provide chairs for every guest. If anyone who is not a senior citizen needs a chair for any reason, they’ll be out of luck.

Post # 7
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would provide chairs. I also wear heels to weddings. Guests need to feel comfortable at a wedding, and thats part of being a great host. 

Post # 8
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My friend did this – only had chairs for elderly and pregnant women, but what resulted was lack of organization and people not being able to see, so they all bunched up against the sides of the area.  Her photos ended up looking pretty strange, cuz there was nobody standing in the middle, since they wanted to see the ceremony.  If I were to advise her now, I’d tell her that it’s not worth saving that money, especially when your guests are unhappy!

Post # 9
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think you need a place for each person to sit. There is a great photo of a wedding where blankets where on the ground with throw pillows for guests to sit and this was surrounded by chairs for those who didnt want to or couldnt get up and down to the blankets.

Post # 10
11505 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I, too, would wear heels to a wedding, and I know that I would have a very diffcult time focusing my complete attention on the wedding of my family or friends if I constantly had to be shifting my weight from foot to foot and continually was being reminded of how much my feet were bothering me.  I definitely would supply chairs for every guest, since, as someone above pointed out, there may be people who have health conditions or other issues that they have not revealed to others but that which require them to not stand for long periods of time. Finally, I’m sure you will want your guests to ready to mingle and dance at your reception instead of staying seated because their feet are bothering them from having to stand so long before, during and after your ceremony.

Post # 11
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You really need chairs for all the guests. Like SapphireSun posted- there’s waiting time before the ceremony, as well. If you arrive 15-30 minutes early, that could be 45 minutes standing. 

Weather depending, our ceremony may be outside- if it is, we’re using the ugly grey folding chairs the museum provides, and the nice white wooden rental ones for dinner. No one is going to notice what chairs they’re sitting on for the ceremony, so you can save cost by getting cheap ones.

Post # 12
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@angellove2283:  I thought about this because w are having a beach wedding and for some reason the wedding people don’t provide any chairs! The charge $5 a chair- I think that’s where they are making their money, but anyway, I’m looking for a regular rental company to bring chairs for about $1.60 a chair.

Post # 13
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m so glad you asked this question! My fiance and I were hoping to provide chairs for just the elderly too because it seems expensive to rent chairs for a 15 minute ceremony, but I didn’t think about wait time before the ceremony starts. I guess we’ll be getting chairs.


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