Having ceremony and reception in same room

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are doing this too. Ceremony, cocktails and reception will all take place in a big ballroom. We are getting some drapery to help separate the room a little bit and break it up. Similar to this…

So basically the ceremony would take place in there and the spot where the photo is taken from will be our cocktail area. That will also be separated from the reception area as well (with closed drapery that will eventually also be opened like that above). This will allow for things to be set up in the reception area while cocktails are taking place and without guests watching the ‘set up’. Such as the lighting of table candles, setting up of the cake table etc (we aren’t doing a buffet, but that is when it would be set up if we were). I don’t know the shape of your room, but ours is long and narrow so its just being divided into thirds.

Does your venue have a day of coordinator? She should know specifically how much should be set up and at what points throughout the day.

 

Post # 4
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4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I should add that unlike in the photos, our ballroom is just one giant room. No doorways like the photo above, So we will actually be creating ‘walls’ with the drapery, if that makes sense.

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