Post # 1
Hi bees! We are having our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at an old mansion. The ceremony is on the lawn (hopefully!), the cocktail hour on the porch, and the reception is in the ballroom. We will have live musicians playing on the porch for the cocktail hour, and a DJ for the reception.
Should the musicians announce that the cocktail hour is over and guests should proceed to the ballroom? Or should my fiance make an announcement??
Post # 3
We had pretty much the same thing, but we had the bar move inside for the reception, so the bar closed about 5 minutes before the reception was supposed to start. So, once everyone got their last drink, the bartenders just said "we’re moving inside now". I think the DJ might have eventually announced it, also.
Post # 4
Does the Mansion employ a coordinator who has been assigned to your wedding? If so, that person will start to mingle around and let people know "it’s time to move to the ballroom". Those people will start moving, and everyone else will follow. It’s much more subtle that making an announcement.
If you odn’t have a coordinator, you have have your bridal party start walking around to let people know.
Post # 6
Instead of saying "everyone come inside now" you could also say "dinner will be starting in 10 minutes, please make your way to the ballroom." That way you give your guests a reason to come inside rather than just herding them around. Food will motivate anyone to come in!
Post # 7
That’s a really good question…I totally needed to know too and I didn’t even think of it. Your wedding venue sounds really nice!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
My coordinator started spreading the word in the crowd and everyone else followed. We didn’t do an announcement.
Post # 9
We had a similar situation where we were moving people from the ceremony location to a cocktail location then to a reception location.
We took the same approach Mrs. Kitten mentioned above. Our coordinator starting spreading the word through the crowd and both moves happened really seamlessly without an announcement. I think this could also happen just by having your wedding party spread the word as well if you don’t have a coordinator.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2007 - Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL
You can ask your caterer to assist you with this. They can have the servers start spreading the word…
Post # 11
I will be having my wedding party assist me with getting everyone into the reception area
Post # 12
I’m an event planner – most venues have a xylophone or some sort of chime – the banquet captain can roam the crowd playing a few notes… it’s amazing, the people just move (as long as they know where they’re supposed to go!)
Post # 13
I’ve been to a wedding with a similar scenario- the lead musician was a wonderful pied piper, he played a clarinet or another wind instrument, I can’t recall. He did a little solo flourish with his music and beckoned us in for dinner, it was lovely! Easy Peasy!
Post # 14
There is an adorable template on Martha Stewart’s site for cute little paper banners (more like a sign but look like a waving banner) and she suggested that adorable little ones walk thru the room carrying them for the changes in the evening’s events. I LOVE this idea (and my friends all have adorable kids who I’d love to show off besides my own son)!
Check her site out. It’s in her new mag too!