Post # 1
I am having a little venue meltdown. We have booked a very small (max capacity 80) old country church for our wedding (built in 1880). There is no narthex (foyer) and only a small basement. There is only a center aisle, kind of short, and the pews sit flush with the walls. So not a lot of space to move around. I loved the church so much, that the logistics didn’t enter my mind. So, question of the day. Where do we all ‘hang out’ prior to processional. I want it to go like this:
Officiant at front, Users walk grandma’s to their seats, groom walks his mom and takes his place at front, best man joins him (from side stairs that go to basement), groomsman (our son) walks my mom to her seat and takes his place at front of church, bridesmad, Maid/Matron of Honor, Flower girls, then me and my dad. So where do we all hang out? In the basement, and then come up from outside and into the church, in a limo, outside (Praying for no rain)??? And how do I ensure it is an ENTRANCE?
Side question, have any of you gotten ready and ridden to your ceremony for a drive of 30-45 minutes, did it wreck your dress? Bridesmaid dresses? Basically, do I need to rent rooms for us to dress in, or should I take the basement (will have to bring some full length mirrors) and make the guys drive in their formal gear?
Post # 3
I just had to let you know I appreciate your Tommy Boy reference. 🙂
I had to drive about 30 mins to my venue and did not wear my dress. I brought it with me and dressed there. it was fine, the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were fine too. good idea because on the way there I spilled water on myself!
Post # 4
Why not get some ushers or other helpers to make sure they can throw the doors open for you for your big entrance? I would likely dress in the basement, you can hang the dress up so less chance of wrinkles, and less chances for accidents. Perhaps plan to have some type of mat for you to walk on outside in the event of rain. Maybe also plan for a reasonably long pause between your flower girls and you, so there is both suspense and time for you to walk from around the building instead of waiting at the entrance to walk? I am sure it will be beautiful 🙂
I saw a wedding once where it started pouring down rain, and the bride was running to get to cover, and her dress was just dragging through the mud…it was really sad. It was after her ceremony, before the reception, but she just started crying.
Post # 5
@HZ: Great ideas, thank you. I love the idea of having my ushers on the doors. I could ask them to close the doors after the flower girls enter, and then reopen for me. That would supply a little UMPH. We are all (the girls) going to have to walk from the basement outside to the front I think, there is a sidewalk that will get us all the way there so hopefully that will suffice if a solid surface is needed. (I’m already praying for a beautiful day). 🙂