- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
My ceremony venue is a garden attached to a historic home. The hedging in the garden makes seat placement a challenge. The event coordinator says that for a short ceremony (15 minutes or less, which mine will be) almost everyone just puts out a few chairs and the majority stand. That would be easier; it’s not so much the cost that concerns me as the hassle of set up and break down of all those chairs for 15 minutes. After the ceremony we’ll be moving to a nearby courtyard for a cocktail hour where there will be small tables and chairs set up. But I’m torn about whether a standing ceremony is rude to guests. Here are three scenarios I’m considering. I don’t have a pic that shows the whole “floorplan” but the hedging and brick pathways are symmetrical so it looks the same on all sides. In the pics the white arrows signify where chairs would go and the heart is where the ceremony would take place.
Pic one shows the view of where the bride walks in; pic two shows the opposite side where there are iron arches that usually serve as the “altar.” If we used the arches as the altar, all the chairs would face in that direction. I believe “scenario #1” leaves less room for chairs and I’m not sure if I could put out enough chairs for everyone.
Pic three and four show “scenario #2,” using the fountain in the middle of the garden as the “altar” and having a ceremony in the round. I think there’d be more room for chairs as they could go around the perimeter. Not sure the fountain would be ideal as a backdrop, but I think it’d be okay.
Last pic shows a ceremony where most people are standing.
Please vote for your favorite. Thanks for your advice Bees!!