Post # 1
HI all….I’m posting this particular post because I’ve been thinking about it for over a month now and I can’t seem to figure it out on my own. My cermony site is outside and does not supply seating. They do provide benches for around 40-50 people to sit. Our guestlist tops out at around 350 people. our cermony is only going to be around 15-20 minutes and it would cost us almost $1.50 a chair to seat everyone. we are trying to figure out what the right thing for us is to do. it would save us a tremendous amount of money to not have chairs, but what will our guests think????? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 3
Hmmm. Well I think it somewhat depends on your crowd. With 350 I am assuming there will be a few older people in there. If there is enough bench seating with those who cannot stand for that long, it might be ok. However, I’d probably be a bit annoyed to stand that long, so if you can swing it at all I would try 🙂
Post # 4
I hate to say it but I think chairs are nessecary even for a short ceremony. I wish there was a way around it, have you priced outside vendors?
Post # 5
I agree, I think there really should be seating for everyone. Can you use the the chairs at your reception and maximize the rental cost?
Post # 6
I know that $450 could probably be spent elsewhere, but if it were me, I would get the seating for everyone. I I know that if I were a guest at any wedding without seating, I would not be happy. I am short, so I probably wouldn’t be able to see what is going on and I broke my ankle a couple of years back and have a hard time standing on my feet or walking for long periods of time. Your guests will not just be standing for the ceremony, they will be standing prior to and after the ceremony.
Post # 7
i agree, seating for everyone is must. like @naangel said, can u maximize the rental and use at the reception?
Post # 8
i went to an outdoor wedding once without seating provided. it was really odd to me. there was seating for the grandparents, but everyone else just stood. it was a very small wedding, but i still think seating is necessary. it just seems very odd to stand. i was very confused!
Post # 9
I agree with what everyone else said that it really would be preferable to have seating. While your ceremony is short, many guests will probably arrive 15 or so minutes early and standing in heals on the grass or whatever it is would not be too comfortable. I would use the benches provided in the front few rows (you could call it vip seating or whatever for immediate family if you want) so that you could at least limit the number of seats you need to rent. Good luck!
Post # 10
I agree that you should provide seating. We have to rent two sets of chairs but are looking at alternatives to renting traditional folding chairs.
Post # 11
I had to stand through a ceremony one time and it was really uncomfortable. I was wearing heels and the ground wasn’t really even so I stood there shifting my weight the whole time. Plus, I’m only 5’4″ tall and I couldn’t see anything over the taller people in front of me. Frankly, I found it annoying and a little thoughtless. I think it is WELL worth the $450.
Post # 12
I dont think you have to do seating. My dad and his wife got married up on a staircase and everyone stood at the bottom of the stairs, but they only had about 75 people. It was a very short ceremony and I dont know how it was for people down there because I was up on the landing of the staircase! It seemed to be okay though. THe problem with yours is that your guest list is so large that most people will not be able to see you!
Post # 13
Yeah, I gotta agree, I’d say you need to provide seating. It could be really uncomfortable for several guests if there are no seats. Is there another alternative to seats that may be less expensive? Like pews/benches or something like similar?