Post # 1
So our wedding venue has 80 chairs that we can use…well my inital plan was to keep the number down to where you would have just under 80 people…yeah that didn’t work. So now I am wondering if it would be tacky to just use the 80 chairs and then use hay bales covered with quilts for the first couple of rows (up to 20 people)? We will already have the hay bales and if we don’t do this then we will have to rent 100 chairs for the ceremony and reception because I would like them to match.
Post # 3
If it fits the venue, I’d say go for it!
Post # 4
I would rent the chairs.
Personally, I would not want to sit on bales of hay for either the ceremony or the reception. And, usually the older people sit up front. I would not want to have my 98 year old grandma sit on a bale of hay.
Post # 5
If it goes with the theme and feel of the wedding and the venue I say go ahead… BUT… what will you do about seating for your reception
Post # 6
If it’s only the ceremony, then you could do all hay. But for the reception, I wouldn’t want to ask people to sit on hay and eat, especially given the height of the tables and such.
Post # 7
Oh sorry I meant to say that the wedding is going to take place outside and it is an eclectic/vintage theme. I am going to order chairs for the reception regardless…I just don’t want to rent 100 more for the ceremony when the venue provides 80. Also there wouldn’t be anyone over the age of 65 sitting on them. They would also be covered so it really isn’t like sitting on hay. Here are a couple pictures that I found to show what I am talking about.
Post # 8
I’m actually in the same situation. Renting extra chairs just isn’t feasible and I figure renting hay bales is better than asking people to stand. Oh, and FYI, straw bales are a lot cheaper than hay so you’d get a lot more band for your buck if you went that route.
Post # 9
I’m rapidly reaching the point in my planning process where, budget-wise, something has to give. With the outdoor, eclectic theme you’ve got going on, I think the hay bales will work just fine, especially if you don’t have any elderly guests. I certainly don’t think it’s worth renting an additional 100 chairs. Plus, if your guest list continues to expand, you can just use an extra bale or two 🙂
Post # 10
I like the idea of hay bales! If it fits your theme I would go with it!! I love how it looks in the pictures!
Post # 11
Thanks ladies…just needed some opinions before I just went and did it! Hope this helped anyone else that is in this situation. I say go for it…forget traditional (well I say that) and be yourself…you only get this one day, so make it your own!!
Post # 12
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hay idea!!! I think it’s very practical and since it fits your eclectic theme, I vote to do it.
Post # 13
My question is: Where will you get the comforters/quilts? Will it cost the same to rent those as to rent an extra 100 chairs?
Also, I’m not sure why you’re concerned about renting 20 extra chairs which wouldn’t match…no one is going to notice. So if you did have to go that route, I wouldn’t worry about someone noticing, let alone mentioning it. Whereas 20 hay bales would really stand out, and people would notice that.
Post # 14
Make sure the hay gets to rest there for awhile before guests arrive. If it rests long enough some of the allergy causers/scent seems to drift away.
PS I think they hay is super cute. And go eclectic with the covering blankets.
Post # 15
The problem I had with renting extra chairs is that the chairs she provides are green…and the ones they have to rent are black, white or brown….none of which look great…plusI think it will had to outdoor eclectic theme. I also think it won’t look bad since it will only be 2 rows…not the whole thing. Oh and about the quilts…my family has a ton of them and my aunt makes them for a hobby. So it wouldn’t cost anything get those and the hay bales are also free… my family has a farm and we bale our own hay…country I know. But it would really keep the cost down since Fiance and I are the ones paying for the wedding.