Post # 1
Has anyone had or been to a beach wedding where all of the guests stood for the ceremony? My ceremony will be no longer than 10 minutes and the beach restricts the use of chairs during turtle sea. Is that considered rude to have them stand?
Post # 3
Is there no way around it? I think standing for the ceremony is bit much for the guests.. even if its scheduled to only be 10 minutes, they still gotta be there before the ceremony starts and wait for you to walk down the aisle..
Post # 4
I’m in a similar situation. I am getting married on a riverbank and was/am considering not having chairs. Like you, our ceremony will last all of 10 minutes. If I were a guest, I wouldn’t mind standing at all.
Post # 5
My cousin got married on a beach. It was about 15 minutes long and they forgot to build into the presider’s script when people should sit
honestly, people got antsy after about 5 minutes. It was hard for my nephews to focus while standing. they just wanted to play in the sand. Also, will there be older people there?
Post # 6
As PP have said, if you can avoid making people stand for the ceremony that would be good. My friend got married outside as well and had no place for anyone to sit. Even though the ceremony wasn’t very long, not having a chair was really annoying. Plus your guests will either be in heels or have to go barefoot in in the sand in their nice clothes.
I understand the romance of wanting to get married on a beach but it’s really very awkward-the bride always has trouble walking gracefully and it’s windy, etc. Is there a lawn or some place nearby that would allow chairs and accommodate your wedding? That might be a nice compromise-you get your beachy wedding and the guests get to sit:)
Post # 7
My cousins wedding was on Clearwater Beach last June and we stood. They had maybe 6 chairs for the elderly who could not stand and the rest of us, like 75 people, stood. Honestly no one really cared as far as I could tell / hear. They were at the beach with the sand in between their toes and they were happy. It was a short 10 min ceremony. I think as long as you take into consideration that people are standing and you keep the ceremony short, like 10-12min, it’s ok. And not to keep them waiting out there befor the ceremony , it has to be a quick thing. IMO
Post # 8
I’m getting married at the Pelican Club Beach house which is right on the beach so people can hang out at the house before the ceremony and I’m putting dress attire on the invitation that swimsuits, shorts and tank tops are ok and welcome! It’s a beach party after the vows and there is no formal reception. I’m still talking to a chair rental place to see about renting chairs but if I can avoid it I will
Post # 9
My sister had everyone stand. She had 2 benches in front for the elderly people. It was about a 10 minute ceremony and their were no issues, except for with the kids. They wanted nothing to do with standing and being quiet. In hindsight we should have got them some pales and scoops and put them towards the back.
Post # 10
Could people bring beach towels and sit in the sand?
Post # 11
@DeathByDesign: Yea I don’t mind towels. I’m putting it on the invitation that they should bring towels and swimsuits to enjoy the beach after the ceremony anyways
Post # 12
@DeathByDesign: i was totally going to suggest this too. If your wedding has colors and a theme, you could even get big blankets that match and place them so an aisle is created for you walk between them.