(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in the same place…..advice, tips?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our wedding is very similar and about 2 hours north of yours. Im making sure all the decorations for the ceremony can easily be set up indoors or out incase we have rain. Does one really need a receiving line… it makes me think early 90s but I know here its expected (new to the area). If your ceremony is inside will it be in the same area as your reception or are you given access to another room?

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t think a recieveing line is necessary if there’s no good way to do it. Make sure you have clear instructions for your guests, either written or by an MC. I just watched an episode of four weddings on TLC this morning and the guests at a wedding similar to what you are describing got really confused as to where to go, when to eat hord d’oeuvres, etc..

What venue are you getting married in? I am from NS too! (But living in NY)

I haven’t decided if I’m going to have my wedding in Halifax or have a DW

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am doing the same thing for my wedding. I am going to have a “first-look” session before the ceremony with my fiance and get most of the formal family pictures out of the way. Immediately following the ceremony we are gathering all of our guests together for a wedding group shot ( we are only having 90 guests). After the group shot is done i will be doing a few other formal pictures and then we will be enjoying our cocktail hour. Our photogrpahers will be snapping candid shots during cocktail hour.In terms of food we will be having a few passed hot hors doevres and an antipasto bar.

 

We wont be having a formal receiving line, but we are going to be making rounds at the tables after dinner.After cocktail hour we will make our grand entrance and we will cut the cake so it can be plated for dessert. Dinner will be a combination plate of beef tenderloin and chicken. After dinner we will have all of the formal dances and all that stuff. For our late night food we will have having  poutine and mini burgers. There will aslo be a surprise grooms cake and candy bar for snacking.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our destination wedding is in NS since pretty much all our guests are comming in from Ontario. Were doing a three day event with BBQ the night before and brunch the day after for all of our OOT guests. I havent been to my venue since the fire so I havent even seen my indoor ceremony option yet. Hey does anyone know any good NS bands for hire, the one we want are “restructuring”?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My ceremony and reception were in the same place. We did a ‘first look’ and all of the bridal party shots before the ceremony. Immediately after we walked back down the aisle, we went outside to do the family shots. During this time the other guests were getting in line to grab drinks, and the venue staff were swapping the room around from ceremony setup to tables and chairs for the reception. As soon as the pics were done, we walked in and did the first dance and the parent dances. Then we all got to eat!

 

We didn’t do a receiving line or anything, we just made a point to go around during the reception and speak with everyone.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrs.HWebber:  No were getting married at Pictou Lodge they had a massive kitchen fire last summer which thankfully didnt spread through the entire place but there was some pretty serious smoke damage. There actually closed all winter trying to get everything tip top. We have a dj lined up but I really dont care for the attitude of DJs and there so expensive.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got married and had my reception in the same place. Here’s how we did it:

Tables were placed in the venue so that an “aisle” was created. We walked thru our guests just like you would at a church.

Wedding was from 4:30-5. Cocktail hour from 5-6. We took pictures during cocktail hour outside on the venue grounds. Snacks, booze and cookie table were open. We also had a candy buffet.

6-onwards was dinner and party. Our dinner was sit down buffet style too and they set the buffet in one of the entrance hallways next to the bar, so it wasn’t right in the middle of where we were getting married.

We did NOT have a receiving line, but we only had 9 tables to go around to during dinner so it wasn’t too bad. Most of our guests understood that we couldn’t stand and talk to them for hours at a time.

Afterwards, people were standing and mingling at the bar or dancing, so the staff was able to slide 2 tables back a little to make more room on the dance floor.

Overall it worked out AMAZING! People loved that they didn’t have to travel between venues and a few people told my dad that it was the best wedding they ever attended. Quite a compliment since my would be florist called my venue idea “tacky”. I was so worried that people would think my wedding was lame.

My advice is to try to talk to the staff about regulating the temperature. One room with all that activity can get really hot. Give guests clear instructions in your invitation and program as to how the wedding and reception are laid out so people don’t misunderstand and try to leave for the reception site after the wedding! Ditch the receiving line and make sure your aisle is wide enough.

 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours is in the same place, it’s a big hall. I am trying to figure out the best way to arrange tables for the aisle effect. Once we are pronounced husband and wife, we will walk back down the aisle, and form a reception line while appies and drinks are set out. We are doing a first look session, so guest pics will be taken etc. We are haveing an evening wedding (7pm) and not doing a sit down dinner, rather we are doing a cocktail party, and having appies, sweets and drinks set out. Once we are done greeting our guests we will go into our first dance, parents dance, cut cake, and speeches etc.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are having the ceremony and reception in one place as well. Weather permitting (fingers crossed!) the ceremony will be outside and the reception inside. If it rains I might just buy umbrellas for everyone because there isn’t enough room inside to have an aisle with all the tables. I’m trying not to think about it too much since I still have two months.

I think the guests will appreciate not traveling.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sure, we’re doing ours all at the same place and I love it!

Ceremony will be outside at a gazebo on the grounds, forest, garden, fountain, etc.

Then cocktails/mocktails on the grounds while we do pictures – guests can see us and feel part of it, and we can mingle with guests and moniter how things are going

Then move inside – we are doing a receiving line (groan) but only because my Italian FI’s family insisted for etiquette. We think it’ll go super fast though because we will have just mingled with everyone. It’s more just a way to file and welcome people into the reception dinner.

All onsite, we’re the only wedding at the venue, no back and forth and extra transportation, so many pluses to having it all onsite!

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