(Closed) [Spinoff] Short and sweet weddings with no seating :)

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sablemuse:  We have no seating! We are getting married on a pier, and the guests will stand on that! Here’s the pier. We will be getting married at the end of the pier and the guests will stand around. It shouldn’t last any more than 20 or so minutes.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sablemuse:  I’ll play, since I replied in your original mention! haha.

My stand up wedding will be NO LONGER than 15 min, probably closer to 10 minutes.  It’s held in my parents backyard, weather pending. The guests will gather around a bit of a stage that’s built infront of my parent’s shed (which has cute little barn doors). 
Everyone will enter the backyard and grab a bottle of beer or glass of champagne to have for the ceremony, and will toast when we kiss! Then we sign the licence, our dads give a 2 minute maximum speech, and we say a thank you speech.  Everyone will mill around in the backyard for another half hour or so with drinks and live entertainment, then head over to a fire hall around the corner for dinner, drinks, dancing, and NO speeches! haha.

 

That is, as long as it doesn’t rain. Which it says it’s going to right now. In that case, we’re getting married in a fire hall beside a buffet table, and everyone will be sitting. BOO! Yell

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Please make sure you have some seats available for those of us whose knees act up! Maybe have them available upon request or something.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The plan is that it will be our parents and siblings and we will to do it in the park and be done under 15 minutes.   Short and sweet and wonderful.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This only works if your ceremony is very short (like 15 minutes max), and you actually start on time.  Keep in mind that most people arrive to weddings a few minutes early, so will be spending more time on their feet than just the length of the ceremony. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sablemuse:  me!…we are having a garden ceremony at our home…was going to just invite 30 immediate family type thing..then later have a dance at a local hall for everyone else…but as we are very casual and really not too worried about doing the ‘expected’ thing…we are telling everyone to show up at our place (if they want) and then all go over to the hall together type thing…there will be no seating at all…we are deffo not doing the tradtional route though so nobody will be surprise I think…we are also doing our photos before the ceremony so as we can join our guests right away at the hall where there will be a light buffet and dancing.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are having a standing ceremony. 15 minutes max and guests will have already had about 20 minutes to mingle, grab a cocktail and taste some of the passed appetizers. FH, officiant, and I will stand on a tiny hill in the middle of a rooftop garden with our guests gathered around.Then we’ll have more cocktail and apps for another 30 minutes or so before heading inside for dinner!

ETA: There are benches for guests to sit on, but a very limited number!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was going to go with no seating because we only have 8 guests, but I ended up renting 8 folding chairs for the occasion.  What changed my mind?  I went to a demonstration at work that was standing-only and I got shifty and restless after like 5 minutes, lol. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

yes, we have a couple of benches as well for some of the older guests, and there are a couple extra chairs we could bring out if people cant handle it – but those will be first come first serve! We have a pretty perky crowd though, anyways so I’m not too worried~!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think as long as the ceremony is short(15-20 minutes) and there is someone to direct the flow of traffic, standing ceremonies work nicely. Having a few chairs for those who are unable to stand is also a good idea. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Any other tips?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Both of our ceremonies will be standing- we’re doing the legal, official “secret” ceremony early in the day with about 25 people (very close friends and immediate family.) It is a “pop-up” wedding as we’re describing it, where we’re basically just going to show up to a place in the city that is significant to us and do it! We will do our ring-warming and read our vows at this ceremony, and our officiant will sign the paperwork then. I imagine it to take 20mins or so.

Later in the evening at our “advertised” wedding (only those involved with the first ceremony know about its existance,) we will do a quick redo of our previous one including the vows but no readings and no ring warming ceremony.  This will probably take about 5-8 minutes and will be viewed by 110 people at our cocktail party, standing only.  For all intents and purposes, that is our wedding and invitations are only going out for that portion.  Everyone asked to the first ceremony will be asked indivudually.  We are also making it clear on our website that there will be limited seating so people don’t show up in uncomfortable shoes! We have seating at the venue for probably 50people at a time, so we’re hoping everyone moves around and we will reserve some seating for the “family of the couple” (meaning our older relatives.)

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I say just be wary of older members, people who cant stand to long and  any pregnant people especially if its hot outside – FI best man finds it difficult to stand for a long time, his grandma is very frail and its going to be super hot, i dont think itd work well for me

 

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