Has anbody actually used haybales for seating? We make a bunch of hay on our farm and are thinking of using it for seating for the ceremony, but isn't is itchy and pokey? I get all scratched up unloading/stacking hay, I'm not sure I'd want to sit on it in adresss or nice clothes. Do you cover them with cloth? Thanks!
My mom did the photography for a wedding where they did this (it was the same wedding I mentioned in the dog thread). Actually I think that they used straw bales. They got married in a hay field and the whole thing looked great. I think that they did cover the bales with something. I'll ask my mom what they covered it with and get back to you.
This is a cute idea, but speaking from experience, I hate hay. I hate touching it, it gets in your clothes and pokes and sticks you. I would go with straw. Its still pokey but when covered it won't be near as bad. It doesn't have the same horrible pokey, itchy, stays with you until you shower, effect as hay does. =) I don't know if I've seen this at a wedding before but it sounds really cute. But perhaps you should also have some chairs there for older people who might not want to sit on it. I'm doing something similar at my ceremony where there are big concrete blocks in this park we are using. I want people to sit on those but I know not very many will so I am supplying lots of chairs and giving people the option to sit on those as well. And I'm making little personal throws for everyone to sit on. Anyways about the hay, unfortunately for me, my FI is in the middle of buying a huge hay operation and it will now be my life...forever... lol.
I am planning on doing this for our ceremony too. We will be using straw as others have mentioned and putting white square cloths over the top so it stays off peoples clothes. If you check out: www.blommaflicka.com there is a pic of this being done - and they are in VT
I checked with my mom and she said they put 2X4s on top of the bales to make them like benches. So probably not a comfy seat for a long ceremony but it would prevent the hay or straw from poking the guests.
The most important thing about using hay is making sure that nobody has any allergies to the hay. Many people do have allergies to hay so you might want to have some regular chairs in case somebody does. "You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without."