Help! Ceremony + Reception in Same Location Problems!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

I like that you are doing the non-traditional reception (no dancing, no speeches, no bouquet toss), we are doing the same thing, and also for ony about 40 people. Ours is a little different in that it is a lunch thing, so we are having drinks and canapes between ceremony and reception (for about an hour). Could you offer your guests coffee or tea while you are having your photos done? This would keep them happy.

Your packet idea sounds great. People love being able to write down things for the bride and groom to read later, so maybe some cards where guests can write their advise or thoughts for the new couple. We are planning to get photos of our guests while they are mingling, as this adds great photo ops while people talk and laugh.

In the end, the guests are grownups and can entertain themselves for 10 minutes. If you are having such a small group, then I am guessing that you are only inviting those you hold dear, and therefore they are people who will just be happy for you.

Don’t let it stress you too much. Have fun and enjoy all your hard work coming together

Post # 3
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissKayNL:  If you are truly only going to be gone for 10 minutes, there is no need to “entertain” the guests with madlibs etc. Certainly you can give them out if you want, but they will be for your enjoyment, not necessary to fill time. Many of the guests will likely use the washrroms between the ceremony and reception.

I do suggest you disabuse yourself of the notion that you will only be 10 minutes. I’ve never heard of a couple who left for pics and were only gone 10 minutes.

Just because it is a brunch wedding doesn’t mean that you can’t give your guests some refreshment while they wait. Mimosas, tea and coffee can be made available in lieu of a cocktail hour at a different time of day.

Post # 4
97 posts
Worker bee

Is there anything to do in the area? 10 mins is not long enough for photos! I think you want minimum half hour but more like an hour.

I’m having both in the same place as well but in between the guests will be kicked out (to rearrange and photos)  for about an hour. There is a beautiful board  walk overlooking the ocean for people to view during that time. It’s fairly common for people to have to wait a little so don’t stress too much.

You could look up alternative reception entertainment the guests can do while you are away. 

Post # 5
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you want to do mad libs go for it, but as a guest, if I was seeing people I don’t normally see, I’d much rather spend some time talking to them, while sipping on a mimosa perhaps, than filling something out!

I wouldn’t worry too much about having “interesting” things to take photos of, if the photographer asks people to stop eating for a minute to take a couple photos, they will. The easiest thing to add in would be dancing. Also, you could get one of those corn hole games, those are pretty simple, and fun.

Post # 7
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It sounds like a lovely wedding. However, you really don’t need to entertain guests for such a short period – although I do think that 10 minutes may be slightly over-optimistic! – since they should be perfectly capable of holding conversations and mingling enjoyably themselves even if your pictures take 20 minutes or half an hour. Most of the fun of a wedding is enjoying the company of other guests and to be honest, many people prefer to have their time to dispose of at their pleasure. They don’t need entertainment packs.

Post # 9
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissKayNL:  I think people will be fine to socialize for 10 minutes! Put on some music and make drinks available and they will be just fine. 

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