Post # 1
We’re having our wedding in a local VFW. I was hesitant at first due to their bad rep, but this one is actually pretty inside.
Anyway, FI and I are on a tight budget and have a lot of people coming from out of town and state, who are unfamiliar with the city. There are almost zero ceremony sights within reasonable distance and the ones that are somewhat close by are out of price range. So what’s left to do? Have the ceremony in the reception hall.
Ive heard of people doing this…having the guests sit at the tablea, blocking the aisle off, and then when it’s all over, have the guests go into a cocktail room and transform the reception area.
Except the VFW doesn’t have a seperate area and I’m not sure we’d have anywhere to store the ceremony decorations, except maybe on the stage where the DJ is.
Any ideas would be helpful!
Post # 2
marinesfiance: I have been to a couple of same room ceremony and receptions where the guests sat at the tables . There was no need to move anything after the ceremony because the tables and chairs were already in place. People simply turned their chairs for a good view of the ceremony.
Post # 3
marinesfiance: I went to a wedding that had the ceremony and reception in one room. The room had the tables set up BUT the chairs and arbor were in a different part of the room. The guests took seats in the chairs near the arbor and the bride walked up the aisle created by the chairs and surrounded by the guests. After the wedding, the staff moved the chairs back to the tables while everyone went back to the other side of the rooms for drinks and apps. It worked well.
Post # 4
A friends wedding did this at a hotel. They had the ceremony, then ushered everyone out into the hallway where there was a bar and apps. Then when it was transformed into the reception hall, everyone went back inside.
I’ve also seen where there was no difference between the two, so you sat in your spot during the ceremony and dinner.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
My ceremony and reeption will be in the same room. The country club where we’ll be getting married has a ballroom. The guest will file in one side for the ceremony, the staff will change the room out for reception.
I hope it works a smooth and seemless as they say it will
Post # 6
Our friends had theirs in a children’s museum, and there was a small separate room, they basically had the ceremony and the reception in the same place and it was great. Personally myself, I prefer wedding where the ceremony and reception are at the same place, less travel.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
A friend had the chairs set up on the dance floor forming an aisle. When the ceremony was over she asked everyone to pick up there chair and take it to their table. Of course, you could have a ‘receiving line’ of sorts and hire someone to move all the chairs back to the tables…. or rent extra chairs… or get the groomsmen to move the chairs.