Post # 1
So me and my fiance found a place where we could possibly hold the ceremony and the reception at the same place. It’s at one of my families clubs that we below to. I don’t have a picture to show you guys so I have to draw in it paint =p.
The club fits about 130-150 people, and we do have use of the inside and outside, just an FYI.
So I’m thinking that we can have the ceremony down further past the gazebo, I can make an arch or something at work (I’m a carpenter) and decorate the whole outside and make it really cute. We can use the chairs for the ceremony and the reception. So after the ceremony the guest can go straight into the reception and relax for a bit while we take pictures outside. And then we can do our enterance afterwards. I figured it’d be the easiest/convient because there’s no travelling or anything like that. The only thing is that I would need someone to move the chairs from the outside to the inside after the ceremony. Or I heard that if your ceremony isn’t long you can have people stand, but I’m not for that idea.
My dad however was wondering what time I would be starting if I did this. He asked would you be starting dinner right then? What would they be doing while you’re doing the pictures? Are you going to need to put lights around the fence if you have it past dark? Etc.
He brought up a good point, I mean, I don’t know how long it would be to take photos. But I mean, after we enter afterwards, we have the whole backyard too where we can do lawn games, or sparklers, etc.
So question for the bees, is what do you think would be some good ideas to go about this? Have you been in this situation? What did you do? I would LOVE some feedback or some advice and ideas to go back this! =) I’m really excited! I finally found a place that I can afford and that can workout if I can make it so! =D
Post # 3
@Caila: our ceremony and reception site are at the same place as well. Tis was actually something we had to have when we were looking at locations! My ceremony is starting at 6 and after teh ceremony whle we are taking pictures, i am having a “cocktail hour.” They have a back porch like your location so i was thinking about doing mason jars of lemonade, tea, water, maybe some beer. Or just having cute little dispensers as a possibility too.
Post # 4
@Britt214: Thats cool! I was thinking (depending on which caterer we choose) that they can munch on some little finger foods until we’re done. Also I just thought that after we’re done with the pictures, we can bring out some lawn games or something if we choose to. We can place them in the gazebo till after the ceremony. I’m planning on have a short ceremony and I would think that pictures would last like a half hour to 45 minutes?
I’m just worried about having everything “timed right” you know? I don’t want them to be full on finger food if we’re goin to eat dinner right after we enter. I don’t know the “timeline” of a reception lol. Doesn’t the first dance, speeches, etc happen before the dinner? I’m reception ignornant =p
Post # 5
@Caila: i think the timing of the different parts has been different at every wedding I have been to. Our photog said 30-40 minutes tops for phtographs. I am doing little munchies as well during the cocktail Hour. i think you have the right idea!!
Post # 6
@Britt214: YAY! lol. AH I’m so excited! I was so worried that I would have to wait till 2015 to get married due to money but now since I found this club I may be able to get my dream date with my fiance! Now I just have to figure out what I can do to decorate it and make it seem alright. I like your lemonade, tea in mason jars, that’s going to be a really cute idea. Are you doing a “rustic” theme? I don’t really have a theme but my colors are peach/cream and this gray/blue accent. =)
Post # 7
@Caila: yep, very rustic! our location is in the middle of no where under all of these pretty oak trees and the i side receoption is very rustic as wel. Hope your planning goes well, let me know if you have any other questions, I would be happy to help!
Post # 8
I think you have the right idea with your plan.
We’re also doing our ceremony and reception at the same place. Our ceremony is at 5:30 and will last max 30 minutes. Then we are having a cocktail hour from 6 until 7, while we take pictures (and hopefully come back in enough time to enjoy the end of it). Then dinner at 7.
For cocktail hour munchies, our caterer said to plan for about 3 hors d’oeuvres pieces/person. That’s enough that they get a taste, but not full before dinner. We’re also adding veggie+dip and cheese platters too, but that’s more to provide a wide assortment for people’s tastes than because I was worried about people being hungry.
In our case we’re doing the speeches at the end of dinner with coffee/tea, and then our first dance shortly after that. But, I have seen it where the first dance is before dinner, so really, do whatever you both want 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
My ceremony and reception are in the same place too! I wanted the “giddy” feeling that people sometimes have (ok well that I have) after a ceremony to transfer right into the reception. Also, i wanted to have a sunset ceremony. Therefore, I am choosing to do all my pictures before the ceremony, including having a first look, etc. It may be very very important to you that your FI doesn’t see you until you come down the aisle, so what I would do is try to have all other pictures taken before: the girls, your bridal portraits, FI and his men, any pictures with all the bridal party just together, you with his groomsmen, FI with your girls, etc. That would minimize the time that you need for pictures of you and your FI and you both with your bridal party!
I love the idea of a mini cocktail hour and lawn games for your guests 🙂
Post # 10
We did something very similar. We did a first look and all the family/bridal party photos before the wedding. Ceremony was at 5:00, cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30/7:00ish with apps and open bar, during which we took more outside photos. Then dinner and dancing etc.
Post # 11
We’re having our small wedding (RSVPs are looking like 40-45 people) at the same site with a changeover. Sort of. The ceremony is in the backyard of a Victorian B&B. The reception is in a tent on pavement right behind the back yard. The only thing we have to move are the chairs. The venu has outside lighting, and we’re lighting the tent with chinese lanterns and LED lights. Here’s a rough day of timeline.
(Bride & Bridesmaids take photos earlier, then groom & groomsmen take photos earlier, first touch photos)
4:15 PM Guests start arriving, Groom and groomsmen head to ceremony
4:25 PM Guests seated for ceremony
4:30 PM Bride walks, ceremony begins
4:50 PM Ceremony ends with recessional
5:00 PM Family Portraits, Groomsmen move chairs, guests enjoy cocktail hour
5:30 PM Complete bridal party photos, guests enjoy cocktail hour, Bride and Groom photos
6:00 PM Guests head to dinner and are seated
6:05 PM Bride and Groom enter reception, first dance
6:15 PM Dinner is open (buffet)
Post # 12
We did the same for my daughter’s wedding, but it was on the Bay in a beach town.
We only rented 50 chairs for outside, as many people wanted to stay on the decks and take pictures, and even with seating, people were moving around getting pictures.
Ceremony was at 5 (but started late,long story), and immediately after, the guests went on the deck where we had cocktail hour and a bar/bartender ready and waiting. The photographer took pictures of the families and BP while everyone was mingling, but the B&G still were able to greet everyone during the cocktail hour before going in for dinner.
BP made entrance shortly after 7 (did first dance and then opened the dance floor to all). Probably a half hour later, and before dinner was started , the BM & MOH made their toasts as everyone was seated.
The rest of everything else is done however you want it to be done. Parent dances, tossing of bouquet and garter,cutting of cake….you’ll need someone to announce those things and get people interested …usually the MC or DJ will do it.
As far as outside goes…we used lots of candles in deep holders, and some sashes on the back row of chairs, but when the sun went down, the venue had pot lights in the ceiling throughout, so we didn’t need to add anything else.
Post # 13
Thank you all so much!!! I have so many ideas now! =D AH! So excited! lol. Making the groomsmen move the chairs makes a lot of sense now that I looked it lol. Hmmm….loads to think about! Thank you all so much again!
Keep the advice and ideas coming! lol. They’re all great!
@Sunnyday278: My dad brought up the idea of taking pictures before the ceremony, but I’m not sure yet if it’s important if my fiance sees me or not before the ceremony. The photos would probably have to be taken in a different spot other than the ceremony/reception spot. But I would have to look around for an area that can work for travelling purposes.
@michiru4ever: That sounds beautiful! And seeing your time schedule helps me a lot to figure out/realize what will work for us!