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Any ideas for alternative seating for an outdoor wedding?
I would really like to do benches for an outdoor wedding instead of the typical white garden chairs, but I am having difficulty finding this to rent! Any suggestions?

Married: 09/13/2008
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Posted On: Jan 28, 2008 at 3:07 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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The Invitation Loungr

The Invitation Lounge
Jan 28, 2008 at 11:47 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Take into consideration the length of your wedding when sitting on benches and the comfort for your guests.

Married: 08/09/2008
Jan 29, 2008 at 7:01 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I saw a country wedding where the guests sat on bails of hay that had cushions made to put ontop. might be expensive...but was very cute.

Wingate Event Planning

Wingate Event Planning
Jan 30, 2008 at 4:56 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Do the benches have backs to them? Also, you will need to think about how people will be able to sit down and get up from the table when necessary. Keep in mind, it is very hard to scoot into and out of a bench (not the mention the possible dirt to be rubbed onto clothing) with a dress or skirt on and still be proper.

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Coordinator For A Day
Feb 02, 2008 at 12:42 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I think benches are a cute alternative to outdoor seating if done properly and if cushions are provided. Contact a local decor company to see if they can customize something for you or check out the local furniture stores clearance sections. Also, if you know someone who is handy and can build something for you, then that is also an option.

I've used funky ottomans as seating for an outdoor wedding and everyone loved it.

You may have to do a great deal of research, but if it something that you truly want then it's worth it.


studio G occasions
Feb 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I looked everywhere for rental benches in the Seattle area for a client with no luck. I understand they are fairly easy to build, though. We considered hay bales, and also 2x12 boards on blocks. YOu could paint the boards to match that way! (They ended up going a different route for the ceremony, so we never went through with any of the above options.)

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