Hey ladies! So long story short my fiancé wants to have chairs for guests to sit at the wedding and I don’t see a point for 15 minutes. My soon to be mother in law suggested maybe half the number of people they say yes to coming (so 80 rsvp but provide only 40 chairs for older guests) I’ve been to weddings that don’t have chairs at all and I have been to wedding where they were provided. My one vendor also told me not everyone comes to the ceremony anyways and with it strict budget I would like to keep the chairs low in price or not have to worry about them at all. Thanks in advance!!
I feel like you should have seats for everyone that RSVP’s yes. Regardless of how long the ceremony is, people don’t want to stand. Also keep in mind that many people won’t be able to see anything with others standing.
I have honestly never attended a wedding without chairs for the ceremony. Even though the ceremony itself may be 15 minutes, most people come 15-20 minutes early, so they would be standing for like a half hour minimum. Some people may have difficulties with that, especially if they have health conditions or are in heels or something. I would have the chairs, as I would personally be thrown off if I came to a wedding and there was no seating for the ceremony.
You should have chairs for all guests attending. I have never been to a wedding without seating and would be very displeased to find that. Standing in heels and walking in heels are totally different - that will kill your guests feet. It also wouldn’t be visually pleasing in photos.
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I’ve been to a wedding where no chairs were provided and it was fine and this past week I went to a wedding where 50% of the rsvps didn’t show up for that ceremony but did for cocktail and reception.
I will agree with others and say I’ve never been to a wedding where there weren’t chairs at the ceremony (and I used to work for a photobooth company and have been to a ton of weddings). I would provide chairs for everyone who rsvp’s yes.
There ceremony is 15 mins, most people get there about 15 minutes early. That’s standing around for 30 mins. That’s a long time to stand in one spot. I get you want to save money, weddings are expensive. Maybe cut down on flowers or something that’s nice but doesn’t affect duties as a host.
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What will happen is the early people will sit down, no matter age. When the seats run out, most people aren’t going to ask people to get up to let them take their seats, even if they are older, in pain, etc. They’ll just stand there and be uncomfortable.
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I have nothing to cut down that’s the problem. I’m using all fake flowers, I’m making everything, I have a cater and my moms paying for a photographer. I bought a used dresses (nothing wrong with it but cutting corners) it’s just stressful. But I see where you are coming from. I didn’t have a problem standing at the wedding that I went to and we had to stand but again I see what your saying.
Are your ceremony and reception in the same location? If so, can you utilize the reception chairs for the ceremony? We were going to pay our caterer a little extra to move the chairs from the ceremony to the tables at the reception. I also was at a wedding this past weekend where they used the same chairs for both ceremony and reception. Granted, in that one, guests had to move their own chairs, which is less than ideal, but still better than not having a chair during the ceremony (especially because the ceremony started an hour late, which would have been exhausting to stand around waiting for).
Hi, Arianna! I am one of those people others are talking about; I have chronic back pain, and can't stand longer than a few minutes before my lower back is screaming. If I were invited to a wedding with no seating, I would have no choice but to leave quietly, and have a seat in my car. I completely understand where you are coming from, money is tight for a lot of us. Best wishes to you both!