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« on: May 09, 2007 08:35:53 AM »

I need help!
We originally planned on having a very small wedding and booked a gazebo at our local park. Now we have a guest list of over 200 people... (we're still working on that) and I have no seating out there.

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We can rent chairs from the local parks & Rec but it's $4 per chair which adds up very quickly!

We still prefer having a brief ceremony. I think around 100 to 150 people will show up for the reception.. I'm hoping less for the ceremony.... but still it would be nice to have seating for at least our grandmothers right?  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007 08:42:20 AM »

Does the park require that you use their seating, or can you rent from elsewhere? $4/chair seems just ridiculous to me. I know that there is a place here called A-Z rentals, and I don't know how much it is, but I know it is much cheaper than that. $800 for 200 chairs is ridiculous.

« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007 09:00:41 AM »

I don't know how formal your wedding will be (sounds like not very?) but you could maybe get some hay bales and cover them with blankets? I guess that's not very practical for alot of people but It might work for the grandmothers and people who need to sit. Or even just blankets on the ground if the weather is nice.

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2007 09:07:48 AM »

Depending on how long the ceremony is (less than 15 or 20 minutes?), you don't even need seating, except for your grandmothers or other elderly guests.

Last year I attended a Jewish ceremony and they had no seats at all.  It was very informal; the bride was escorted up an "aisle" by her parents, and then the rabbi asked that all the guests move in and surround the couple under the chuppah.

Last year I was also in a wedding that was more formal, but still had the guests standing.  They had seats set aside for the parents of the bride & groom and elderly family members, but the rest of the guests were standing.

Sure, its more comfortable to sit.  But standing also gives an informal "closeness" to the ceremony that I find enduring and romantic.

« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2007 10:09:35 AM »

get people to bring their own seating! Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2007 11:03:04 AM »

I would check about chair rentals and if you're required to rent from them. Most places I checked at here were between .85 and 2.50 per chair depending on how "nice" they were if you can use outside rentals. Of course, I suspect if you can't use outside rentals you won't be able to bring in your own non-rentals either.

You could also ask your closest friends and family about folding chairs. A lot of people have several hanging out. I would steer away from having everyone bring their own [really, who wants to bring a chair to a wedding? You have to remember to take it with you when you leave, plus you're likely bringing gifts and wearing nice clothing] You could make benches with nice, wide planks of wood across something sturdy [you could attempt this with the hay bales but having hauled a lot of hay bales in my life, I would really avoid them, they are prickly and fussy and tend to pop open if pressure is exerted on them wrong]

I would vote for very limited seating honestly. You could use something nice [nicely painted dowels connected with ribbon] to help define your aisle. Or even just some kind of paving stones, or fabric laid down.

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2007 11:07:57 AM »

I think the bench seating would be doable provided they were not rough wooden benches or covered somehow (nice clothing getting snagged would not be cool).  With benches, you could more easily arrange them around that gazebo in more of a semicircle so more people could see you. Smiley

« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2007 05:01:34 PM »

Thanks for the great ideas everyone!
I think I'm going to keep the seating minimal. I really like the bench idea. I might take that and run with it...

 maybe I could get FH or someone to make benches and I could paint them pretty or decorate them somehow.
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2007 08:26:55 PM »

I had this same problem.  I got married in a park, but we only had about 40 guests.  Renting was about $2 per chair, which wasn't too bad but then you had to pay separately for drop off and pick up and somebody would have had to stay at the ceremony site with the chairs to make sure they got back to the rental company  Tongue

So I ended up just buying 8 folding chairs and setting up one row.  That way the oldest and youngest guests could sit down.  The ceremony was only 20 minutes, so I figured people could stand.  (A park ceremony is by nature informal anyway, right?) Afterwards, my dad and little brother were able to just throw them in a car and head off to the reception.  It was only $6 each to buy the chairs, which I thought was a little ridiculous. (Not that I'm complaining   Roll Eyes)


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