Post # 1
I was looking at a reception hall, and we want to have the ceremony and reception in the same room, set up with chairs on both sides of an “aisle”, the arch/podium at the front, etc. Once the ceremony is done, the tables and chairs would have to be set up for the reception. Where do the guests go/what do they do during this time? It seems akward to be moving things around with people in the room. I’m sure someone has done this before, help! Also, while we go take photos, there would be a mobile appetizer server going around the room.
I’m just trying to figure out the logistics of it so guests (especially older ones) don’t feel rushed to move/akward and cramped up.
Post # 3
Can you have a small cocktail area outside of the room (a hallway?) where the appetizer server can roam for about 20-30 minutes? It can get pretty chaotic with everybody moving around (plus furniture being hauled). I suggest having your coordinator call everybody outside and let them know that appetizers will be served there.
If moving outside for cocktails isn’t possible, maybe you can have a small corner reserved where guests can all move towards (have a guestbook signing station with tons of pics! or some other activity for your guests). Have the DJ start playing some music too.
The idea is to move your guests out of the way of the people moving the tables and chairs so they can do their job properly and without worrying that they might hit somebody with the furniture.
Post # 4
@MeagMinou: we’re doing this. our DOC said they can reset everything in 45 minutes with no problem.
while they’re resetting the room, our guests are going to be in another, smaller room having cocktails.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
if July is your wedding month, you could also do an outside tent area. Did you ask the venue how they handle this?
Post # 6
@rebwana: I didn’t wan tto do an outdoors wedding, I’m petrified of bees, LOL.
@TwoStatesBride and Amethyst, I may do that, I need to ask how that situation would be handled, I forgot to ask.
Post # 7
We’re having the ceremony and reception in a one room building, so my thought is to have tables set up in the back and ceremony up front. Some college sisters have been sharing ideas with me and offered to move chairs while we do a receiving line. If weather is cooperative (major if when you talk about Oklahoma in February) we may have the ceremony outside and then everything will already be set up.
Post # 8
We’re doing this too! Still not entirely sure how its going to work. I know my doc said we should have all the tables set, then do the ceremony in the area where the dance floor will be. We’re not having a cocktail hour so it makes it even more awkward. from my uderstanding theyll just take down the ceremony chairs, clean the dance floor and set up the dj booth while we socialize before dinner (maybe 20minutes or so?) lol I’ve been promised it will work out just fine though! I’m considering draping off the entire area so it’s more like 2 rooms but can open up when dancing starts, but its so expensive >.<