How can we have chair seating at our park venue when chairs aren't allowed? #Advice#Ceremony Advice#ceremony#park#picnic wedding November 14 2013 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Hay bale seating from Angi & Erik's upcycled country barn wedding. (Photo by Carolyn Ann Barry) My fiancé and I are having our ceremony in a public garden in New Jersey and have been told that we are not allowed to bring chairs for our guests to sit on (with the exception of the elderly and handicapped, and even then we can only bring chairs with legs that won't damage the grounds). We must leave the area in the condition we found it in so that also limits what we are able to do. We have discussed buying nice picnic blankets and laying them about for our guests to sit on, but I would still like something a little more "chair-like." We aren't planning a super-long ceremony, but I would still like to give my guests the option of sitting if they would like. How do you create comfortable seating rather than just having guests on their feet the whole time? -raemwel Pattern Floor Cushion Off the top of our heads we can think of a few chair-like seating ideas: Bales of hay covered in fabric Garden benches Bean bag chairs Ottomans Meditation cushions and chairs Folding seats For most of those suggestions, you may not even have to buy new. You could hound thrift stores, or ask friends and family members to bring them from home! What are your non-chair-but-chair-like seating suggestions? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Build a wedding arch that doubles as a picture frame NEXT Bridesminions, henchmen, adventure party: Awesome alternate names for bridal parties Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] The almighty pouf. I love them. Reply Oh my god beanbag chair wedding. Amazing. I'm trying to think of lightweight options, and all I can come up with are exercise balls. Maybe not so practical, but I'm loving the image of my guests all bobbing around happily during my ceremony. Maybe it would help to know what your restrictions are? (Transportation, number of guests, etc) Reply The thought of a beanbag wedding is making me giggle. I can just see everyone flopping around like turtles trying to get back up. LOL I like the suggestion of exercise balls and hay bales. Reply I'd stear clear of haybales. We used them at our wedding and they looked fantastic, but they are VERY messy and if the parks people are anal about leaving it EXACTLY as you found it, it would be a pain to rake it all up. Luckily we had our outdoor venue for a second day and could pack it all up the next day. Reply Bummer, because bales of hay sounded perfect to me! Reply Garden benches if you have them. Bales of hay are nice, but they can be poky. Sheets like in the photo won't cut it, folded quilts would be better. Depending on where you live hay is not cheap. Straw, even pokier would be less expensive. Many people have excersie balls and those would be very memorable. Everyone could bring their own. Have a pump handy just in case people buy one on the way to the wedding! Reply You could invest in some of those inflatable couches perhaps and rent an air compressor to blow them up over even get some cheap air mattress for people to lounge on, kinda low to the ground, but would do in a pinch. Reply I don't have any suggestions outside of that list but I thought I'd point out that anything low to the ground is going to be difficult for the elderly and the handicapped. Also, as somebody who wears dresses a lot, very low seating would not be popular with me. Reply Since there will be lots of trees where our ceremony is, we're thinking of tying hammocks and swings. Reply What about footstools, storage cubes, or coolers? You could even tell everyone to bring their own cooler or blanket to sit on – make it a picnic style wedding ceremony! Also look up Japanese style floor chairs, or Zaisu. I have no idea where you'd buy them, but they'd be a perfect solution. Reply You could try something like this: https://www.edulink.networcs.net/sites/teachlearn/esd/Play%20Areas%202/Seating/Log%20Seat%203.jpg The base could be ottomans, logs, crates, sturdy buckets, whatever — and then a board as long as you need to complete the bench. If you didn't like the way it looked, you can always cover it with fabric. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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