Post # 1
Here’s the scoop, we’re not the most religious people on the planet, we do not belong to a church or have time to take classes of sorts. We have agreed, and placed a deposit, on a hall to have both ceremony and reception in the same room. This room is not a very large room and is rectangle in shape… but it will fit my 150-200 guests. What I want to know, is some ways that anyone has seen or done for a wedding that somehow separates the two so that people know when one ends and the other begins. My mother suggested we do the ceremony and after tell people to come outside for pictures or stay and help set up dinner tables. This seems odd and I don’t want people to have to do work on my wedding day. Any suggestions from the hive?
Post # 3
@mrsweo6: Is there a way you could have a cocktail hour outside so that people could mingle on the lawn and have drinks and hors doeuvres while you/your people change it over?
Post # 4
I am having my ceremony and reception in a single hall, but it is large enough that we are sectioning off 1/3rd to do for the ceremony and 2/3rd for the reception, and there will be separate entrance doors for each. So that isn’t super helpful. But just in case it is possible (you can sometimes pack more people into the reception side by using rectangular tables), we’re using pipe and drape as a divider, so that would be useful info.
I would not have your guests set up tables. I was actually at a wedding where they did that recently (honestly, it was the least of their challenges that day), but people grumbled about it. I will say it got done very quickly!
Is there a lobby area in the venue that would be large enough to accommodate a cocktail hour while the room is flipped? That is the only way I have seen it successfully done.
Another option, and it’s actually our backup option if 100% of people accept and bring a guest (they won’t), is to have the ceremony and reception all set up together. Set up your reception tables and create an aisle down the middle of them. Have the ceremony on a riser at the front and then the head table can quickly be brought out afterwards and placed in that area, or your head table can be off to a different side. In photos I’ve seen this done, I preferred rectangular or square tables over round, it seemed a little more natural to create “rows” of them. You also would need to keep your centerpieces low and if possible, I wouldn’t have plates set out at the table during the ceremony.
Post # 5
@EffieTrinket: That’s a good idea, I am getting married in November so I hope it isn’t snowing or cold if we choose to go that route. The cocktail hour just really depends on weather.
Post # 6
@NAvery: I definitely like that idea of having the tables create an isle. I feel like that way they are already sitting, don’t have to go anywhere else. That might be the way we go. The entrance is not large at all. Has a smaller hallway and the restroom doors there.
Post # 7
I am having my wedding & reception in the same room with a Winter Wonderland theme. We will have bright lights/fully lit room for the ceremony and once the ceremony ends, the lights will dim and blue lights will be cast upon the walls. i am not sure if you will have lighting options but that may be one way if you cannot physically move things around or opt to have the cocktail hour outside.
Post # 8
@NAvery: Your last option is the best 🙂 I think I will use it for my back-up plan in case of rain!