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Vanessa
Expert August 2018 Manitoba

Ceremony seating

Vanessa, on July 6, 2018 at 19:42 Posted in Wedding ceremony 0 17
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For those who have had an outdoor wedding what did you do? Did you have enough chairs for everyone? Did you only have enough for those who needed it? My parents didn’t like my idea of bales and apparently the cost of boards is more than renting 50 chairs at 2.00 plus tax a piece. I’m slightly stuck. Our ceremony will probably only be about 15 minutes.

Thanks in advance.

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Latest activity by Ashley, on July 11, 2018 at 00:52
  • Ashley
    Frequent user August 2018 British Columbia
    Ashley ·
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    Remember, not everyone will be attending the ceremony! For our ceremony we will be putting out around 50 chairs. But because the ceremony some people may just want to stand. Don't forget seating for family as well!

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  • Vanessa
    Expert August 2018 Manitoba
    Vanessa ·
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    We have 176 people confirmed and it is to my knowledge and from weddings attended that about half attend.

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  • Natasha
    Devoted June 2019 Ontario
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    What is your expected wedding count? For the reception?
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  • Vanessa
    Expert August 2018 Manitoba
    Vanessa ·
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    I have come to the conclusion we ordered 50 more chairs and we have some benches I will be sanding and painting before the wedding so seating for about 80 people. Not everyone is going to come to the ceremony.
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  • Jessie
    Expert September 2018 Ontario
    Jessie ·
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    We are having chairs for everyone. I think they are those old basic white plastic chairs that you use around a BBQ or campfire but they do the trick.

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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·
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    Well I never thought about this.... I am having 250 people and I have no clue how this is going to work... I would recommend only inviting a small portion of the people to the ceremony and then everyone to the reception but it looks like your wedding might be a bit too close for that now. I guess if it is an outdoor wedding like mine where there will be bonfires later in the evening you could tell guests to bring a lawn chair? Is that too unclassy? I hope not or I too will be spending money to make sure everyone has a chair to sit in.

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  • Leanne
    Expert September 2018 Ontario
    Leanne ·
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    We are using the same chairs for our ceremony as we are using for our reception. Our day of coordinator and her team will be moving all the chairs after the ceremony while everyone is mingling during the cocktail hour.

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    We had chairs for everyone. It was just easier to have everyone seated than just standing willy-nilly.


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  • Rosalyn
    Devoted August 2018 Alberta
    Rosalyn ·
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    We are getting chairs for everyone. The ceremony may only be 15 min, but that’s not including the half hour of waiting before you get there! Give them comfort. Especially in the summer heat!
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Our outdoor wedding had seating set up done. The one thing important was having family in the front row.
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  • Brittany
    British Columbia
    Brittany ·
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    I agree with some of the other girls... your official ceremony may be 15 minutes, but people get there early, it can run late, etc.
    The only standing ceremony I've been to was outdoors, and they planned for chairs, but it was about to rain, so they just did it standing instead. People shuffle, it makes more noise, ladies in heels become uncomfortable... and I also found it distracting to be standing.
    For $100, I think it's better to provide seating for your guests.
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  • Kila
    Frequent user September 2018 Ontario
    Kila ·
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    I’ll be honest I went to a standing ceremony last summer and didn’t love that part. My feet hurt and you’re sort of shuffling around and can’t see. Things run late often and 10-15 minute can easily turn into 40. There’s pre ceremony time as well. I recommend a seat for everyone
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  • Jennifer
    Super August 2018 Alberta
    Jennifer ·
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    We’ve battled back and forth about this, at first it was chairs then bales and now chairs again lol. I want enough for all guests. My in laws think that it’s ok for some to stand but I’m not keen on it. It is expensive $3 a chair for around 300 people is $900. 🙈
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  • Tyanna
    Super June 2019 British Columbia
    Tyanna ·
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    We are doing a standing ceremony with the exception of 4 benches that my grandpa made for us. They will be for the older guests and kids... that being said, our ceremony will only be 20 minutes do I'm not too worried about making people stand Smiley smile
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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    I've previously attended a wedding where there was limited seating and it was kind of annoying to have to stand at the back. Mind you, it was on a beach, so having to stand on sand in heels for 30 minutes was definitely unexpected and probably worst-case no seat scenario lol.

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  • Clarissa
    Expert October 2018 Saskatchewan
    Clarissa ·
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    I would suggest having chairs for everyone. Consider that people will be there 30 min before and I know on a summer day I would appreciate the chair. Even for a short ceremony your still standing for 20-30 min in the heat or humidity might be nice to at least give all guests the option to take a seat.
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  • Michelle
    Super September 2018 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    I've been 2 weddings that they had chairs either provided venue or they rented. I considered having reserved seats for the grandparents but my FH said don't worry about it.

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