(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in the same venue/room?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We did this for my sister’s wedding and the best advice I can give you is have a separate area set out for cocktail hour with some refreshments if at all possible. It took much longer than we expected to get the room turned around and that was with quite a few people helping out. None of the guests left, but they were anxious to get back inside and get fed. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I saw some show where they did that. It was like the Gloden Globes dinner with everyone seated at thier tables (no food though) while the ceremony took place. It could work.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This is our plan, but we’re having a cocktail reception so in-between setup shouldn’t be as much of an issue as it would if we had a bunch of table settings to bring in.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We plan to do this and will have cocktail hour in between to set up the room for the reception.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our ceremony and reception are at the same venue but not in the same room. Logistically, it can be a bit confusing, but if your guests are willing to wait and your caterer is willing to do it, then why not . . . 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

All of our wedding events are at the same venue, but not the same room. Our ceremony will be outside overlooking the lake, the cocktail hour will be on the patio and in the tavern thats attached to the ballroom and the reception will be in the ballroom. I think having everything be in one location is totally do-able if you have a cocktail hour in-between (in a separate location) that will allow time for the space to be switched over. Unless of course, you’re planning on having your guests sit at their reception tables for the ceremony in which case you wouldn’t need to do any switch over. Whats your plan?

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had our ceremony and reception at the same location.  It was outside so after the ceremony, we had everyone come with us to the front lawn, where we had a receiving line and a group photoshoot while the site was being reset for the reception.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If it were me, I would be concerned with the huge support beams. Guests who are seated behind them won’t be able to see your ceremony. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re doing this. We have a very elaborate plan for the room switch. Half of the room can be walled off and will be partially set up during the ceremony, and then after the ceremony the wall will come down and tables will move forward into the ceremony space. It’ll be a bit tight, but we’re hoping to usher the guests out into the hallway, coming in the pre-setup room for a receving line. The receiving line will end at the bar and passed appetizers will be going around during this time. There’s also a large deck that we’re hoping people will go out on during the room flip.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve been to weddings where they did this also.  Never been to one where we were at tables during the ceremony, but it definitely saves time from having to setup in between and making your guests wait around. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We will be having our ceremony/reception at the same venue, but different rooms.  The staff will have to move the chairs from the ceremony over to the reception while our guests wait in the lobby while they enjoy some light snacks/cocktails.  Luckily the rooms are attached and closed off to the lobby so the guests won’t see the mess going on behind the scene haha.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I used to work at a venue where ceremony and reception were often in the same room–guests would file out for cocktail hour and our staff would flip the room while the bridal party took pictures. If you’ve got staff who know what they’re doing, it could go pretty quickly. We could usually get tables for 150 (including favors, linens and centerpieces) set in about 20-30 minutes, but if your caterer is pre-setting things for dinner it might take longer. Will dishes/utensils/napkins be on the buffet, or set on tables? Did they give you an estimate of how long it will take? Is your venue doing the work, or caterer, or will it be your friends/family? What’s your guest count? All that will factor into how quick and efficient the transition is!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Love the pictures of the room.  As a guest I would appreciate not having to travel around.  I would get to sit at my table see the ceremony and then have dinner there.  I love it!  We are having a church wedding then traveling not far to the venue but we dont have the option of doing all in one.

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