My church venue and reception venue are not super close together. The reception is at a beautiful lake visitor center with amazing views and they have this perfect place for a ceremony outside... however, the ground surrounding it wouldn't be suitable for chairs. It has a bit of slope.
The overlook has a beautiful path (aka wedding aisle) winding through a garden and it's surounded by enough stone amphitheatre seating to seat about twenty or thirty people (the escorted parents, grandparents, as well as the elderly, heavy, and injured, etc).
Rain plan would be inside the center but it's not my first choice by all means.
Should I go with the church and make guests drive the fifteen minutes or is it okay to use the awesome lake view at our reception site and have the able guests stand or sit on sheets/blankets?
We're country people and very laid back and the wedding will be nice, but also countryish... We cannot afford to rent two hundred or so chairs, nor could they be set there. Hay bales are also out of question, as everyone around here uses the large round ones.
What do you guys think? I googled it and saw some pretty ones like this.. but would my guests be upset?
the ceremony would be very quick - twenty minutes tops - if we do it like this...