Post # 1
I’m new to the bee and I’m still in the early planning stages so I have one very large question so far. My fiance and I are getting married in NYC and in an effort to cut costs we are going to host a cocktail reception rather than a full seated dinner. Things get more complicated since we are holding the ceremony and reception in the same room. Does anyone have any insight as to how we might transition from one to the other? Our site does have an upstairs area but it probably isn’t large enough to hold all of our guests while the room downstairs is rearranged. Please also let me know if any of you have a good idea for a timeline for the evening if the ceremony runs from roughly 6:30 to 7pm.
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
We’re doing that as well, and have the exact same timeline as you! We’re just seating guests at tables (though we’re doing hors d’oeuvres, which allows for more creative seating and whatnot) for the ceremony. I can’t help much with the spacing aspect, I’m afraid, but here’s what I’m thinking for our timeline.
First look/formal pics, etc. : 4:00-6:00
Ceremony : 6:30-7:00
Reception starts immediately after, with cake cutting at (roughly) 7:45 and the first dance beginning around 8:15 or so, etc.
Post # 4
Do they know how long it will take them to get the room ready for the reception after the ceremony? Are you going to be having pictures outside? Because then you could have everyone step outside for photos and then by the time the photos are done the room might be ready…