(Closed) Straw bale seating at rustic wedding.

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was thinking about doing this, but had a hard time finding a company that would let us rent the bales. Here’s my inspiration picture:

Post # 4
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi there! I know a lot of people use quilts draped over the bales to make guests more comfortable. You can either use quilts that you or your family members have, or scrounge up ‘new’ ones from the thrift store or ebay. I love the way that looks, I’m sure it will be beautiful!

Post # 7
81 posts
Worker bee

I saw this on “My big redneck wedding”. Honestly, I’m not trying to insult you but it actually came out SOOOOO pretty! I think they bought the bales but I remember them being way expensive for friggin’ hay! So if you can rent them, great. Otherwise, are there farms close by? Does Home Depot sell them? Covering them with tablecloths would be good. Even burlap like it looks like in the pics – pretty!!

Post # 8
30400 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t use burlap-it can be incredibly itchy!

Quilts, sheets, tablecloths, fabric are all viable alternatives.

Post # 9
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know where you’re at, but honestly, just look into renting them straight from a farmer. I doubt many rental companies keep them because you need good storage and they are obviously perishable. You want small squares, and I would only offer $2.00/bale since the farmer gets them back to resell. Nothing should really happen to them so it is pure profit. Pay whatever his/her standard delivery charge is twice (to and from) and set them up yourselves. Home Depot sells small decorative bales for way overpriced, not sure if you have them in Canada anyway but I wouldn’t bother. Find a local farmers’ market and start asking around!

I am doing using hay bales, but I want a little bit cleaner of a look and a little less country of a look (ironic, right?) and I am using solid ivory tableclothes draped over them with finished edges just puddling. I love the tight corner inspiration pic, but that would be too much work for us to do ourselves at this point! Also, we’re doing it for the ceremony, but we’ll have regular chairs for the reception. I would hate to sit on something without a back for an extended period of time like that. Straw is softer than hay if you have the choice. I’m using hay because we have more of it; we actually have a farm and bale hay ourselves. I’d help you out if I could!


Post # 11
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

So cute, I’ve been trying to find alternative seating since chairs are so expensive to rent.

Did you end up getting the hay?

Post # 12
3389 posts
Sugar bee

People still make square bales now? All I see is those huge round “bales” that look like muffets….

Then they get wrapped in a white plastic sheet, that makes them look like huge marshmallows!


Post # 13
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We’re trying to figure out the logistics of hay bale seating, too! We were thinking of buying sheets, curtain panels, table cloths, etc from thrift stores to use to to cover them. We’re hoping to find as many cloths in white and ivory as we can. We’re thinking of maybe some dark blues too if they can tie into our wedding colors.

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