Take a second to imagine the wedding from the guest's perspective...
So the Groom is at the altar and you are sitting in your seat, both awaiting the big event: the entrance of the Bride and the wedding ceremony. The sun (or harsh indoor lighting) is beating down upon your shoulders, your face, and second by second you are word down. You skooch to and fro, hither and yon, and just cannot get comfortable in your seat. Then at last! the ceremony begins and soon the Bride makes her big entrance. Everyone begins to stand, except for you, who in your uncomfortable position failed to notice that your leg has fallen asleep. Alas, you finally arrive at a vertical position, noting several other guests that are teetering from one foot to another, obviously sore from the unintentionally harsh and unrelenting chairs.
This is not a story that you want to play out in the minds of your guests! Even for short ceremonies, seating needs to be taken into consideration, especially when thinking about the older folks that may be in attendance.
This first option offers comfortable seating yet still gives the family a chance to throw in some of their style. However, you will likely need to borrow some comfy furniture to pull this off so you definitely need to ensure that you can transport the chairs with care.
For rustic weddings, hay bales may be abundant and fun. However, I have heard many people complain about scratchiness, so you make consider throwing a thick blanket over the top for comfort.
For a little bit more of a woodland wedding you could go with hay bales and wood boards. To add a little back support you could provide, or ask guests to bring bleacher seats.
For even more woodland inspiration you can use stumps instead of hay bales.
If you have some carpenter friends and some time to burn (wood humor :P) then you can DIY as many bench sets as you need. For added comfort you can make or borrow pillows for back and bum cushions.
If the other options are not feasible and your venue is difficult to transport a grand amount of large objects to, then regular folding chairs may be the option for you! Again, pillows can add some extra comfort, but the chairs already provide the back support- which is a welcome sight for most wedding guests. You can fancy them up with fabric or other decorations. Crepe paper is a favorite of mine for it's inexpensive cost and abundant uses.
If you do happen to have access to a large amount of matching beautifully cushioned chairs, then you may consider setting them up in a fun design.
What are some favorite seating arrangements that you have seen? Let me know in the comments and I will add them to the post! Wishing you a comfortable ever after!