Post # 1
My FI and I have been considering having our ceremony within our reception. I’ve never really cared about getting married in a church or chapel, or really even having a very traditional ceremony. My FMIL is a pastor and has express her desire to be the one to marry us, so we’re free to pick almost any venue.
We’ve been considering a nice Italian restaurant for the reception and it occurred to me that I could just have a short ceremony during the reception! My FI is pretty flexible and I think it would be fun! We could even have wine served during the ceremony! Has anyone done anything similar? Did it work out well or do you wish you had done a more traditional ceremony?
Post # 3
We’re planning something similar: cocktail hour, short ceremony, then reception all in the same venue (a restaurant we’ve rented for the evening). We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback when we tell guests our plans. “You mean we get to stay in one place? For the whole thing? That’s awesome!”
Post # 4
Great idea! We were married in our home and had our reception immediately afterwards. It was great! I don’t know if you want anything served during the ceremony though. It could be a distraction for you and your guests.
Post # 5
I think it’s a fabulous idea. Sounds like you could make it really smooth and fun.
Post # 6
I really wanted to do this, but as a suprise to our guests. the FI thought it was weird! Not sure why, so we are instead we are just having the private ceremony instead with cocktails and dinner after.
Post # 7
I think it sounds nice! Very laid back, I’m sure your guests will love it!
Post # 8
@2ndtime: I definitely misspoke when I said “served!” I meant that guests could be drinking wine during the ceremony, thanks for catching that!
Thanks for the support, Bees! I was a little worried the guests would feel cheated getting a package deal like that, but you’re probably right, it’ll be easier for them overall!
Post # 9
This sounds cool! We’re doing our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all at the same place, and so far people are loving the idea of a one stop shop sort of thing. Yours sounds really relaxed, convenient, and fun!
Post # 10
That’s what we are doing– we are getting married in a beautiful dance club that is really 2 clubs in one. On one side is a gorgeous “speakeasy” type of lounge where we will have the ceremony, and the other side is a large, breezy dance area with a shiny teak floor where we will have dinner. I’m going to “open the doors” at 6:30p,m (Friday evening) and let the guests have a drink before the ceremony at 7. Then a cocktail hour before dinner at 815 or so. I have had great feedback on the fact that it is “all in one” so people don’t have to move locations– just Park and Play. There really are no hard and fast rules anymore, and IMHO the less hassle for the guests, the better!
Post # 11
@annifer: We’re pretty much doing the same thing. Cocktail hour, our ceremony (which will be VERY short) and then we’ll party on!
Post # 12
the venue that i love and adore blocks their time frames in 4 hour segments.. since i’m on a budget, I would love to pull the ceremony and reception off in that time frame.. it is an outdoor wedding in the meadow of a nature center in our area.. they have multiple vine covered arbors in the meadow for the ceremony, an open rustic pavillion to be used for whatever we want and a reception building all in the same area.. it is beautiful!!! very nature oriented and very inexpensive..