(Closed) Wedding reception on grass or Gravel?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
4037 posts
Honey bee

If it’s the rocky/road gravel, I’d say no. If it’s the fine/landscaping gravel, like pea gravel, it’s okay. Otherwise, I’d prefer grass. My husband is disabled, so can’t walk on any uneven surfaces, without risk of falling. When he attended an outdoor wedding a few years ago, we asked that his seat be next to a sidewalk.

Post # 3
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you have a dance floor I wouldnt worry about it. I would however warn your guests by word of mouth and on the website to avoid stilettos!

Post # 4
47214 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would pick grass over gravel. Gravel chews up the fabric on your heels. Just ensure that you communicate that it is on grass, so women make appropriate shoe choices- wedges over stilettos.

Post # 5
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I say pick grass over gravel. Grass is a little better to stand on and you can’t kick up grass. 

Post # 6
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

beanerchic69:  Gravel might be kind of hard to walk on for attendees who are wearing heels.But if I was planning to wear flats, I’d probably go with the gravel. I’ve been to a couple farm weddings and the grass was cut, but not raked. So there were grass clippings all over my shoes when I left.

Post # 7
1746 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t wear open toed shoes, but for those who do gravel may make it’s way into shoes.  That aside I’d much rather stand on grass than gravel.

Post # 8
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Also grass. But I would make a note of it on your website just so people are aware (either way, gravel or grass).

Post # 9
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d prefer grass. And ITA w/ scissorgirl:  –put it on the website so someone like me knows to choose her heels wisely.

Post # 10
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I went to a wedding where the cocktail hour / ceremony were on grass.  They provided these little plastic heel protecters for high heels, they protect the shoe and help you not sink in the grass, I wore them and they worked really well.

Post # 11
6841 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’d definitely pick grass over gravel. Easier on the feet. 

Our at-home reception is going to be on grass. I’ve made that clear on our website and I’m trying to just spread via word of mouth that heels are probably not the best idea. 

Post # 12
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

grass over gravel for sure! ive been to a grass wedding, and honestly they are pretty cool! grael i dont see being comfy if someone wanted to take off their  shoes 😉 plus its def hard to walk in when you have little sandals or heels


Post # 13
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Both our cocktail hour and reception were set up in areas with grass, and we didn’t have any problems. As long as the field is relatively level I think it will work out fine. We let our guests know through our website and by word of mouth and everyone came with appropriate shoes on. I wore wedge high heels and walked around comfortably all night.  The only advice would be to make sure that there is plenty of lighting from the area where the tent is set up back to where people are parked, so that especially older guests can see the ground as they are leaving. 

Post # 14
3874 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

definitely prefer nice flat grass over gravel!

Post # 15
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Definitely grass! Just make sure you tell guests either by word of mouth or on the website!

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