Post # 1
So here’s the deal. Our beautiful venue is serving as both our Ceremony and Reception Spot. During the cocktail hour, the staff will do a “room flip,” where they will bring in and set up all the tables as well as my detailed table settings etc.
I have no doubt that the people in charge will excecute this perfectly. I have hired a day of coordinator to be in charge, and the event staff at the venue said they do it all the time.
Here’s my concern: The cocktail hour is right above the main area on a balcony of sorts. I’m hoping everyone will be distracted with food and drinks, but it makes me uneasy to think of everyone standing over the balcony watching the staff set up. Kinda ruins the “Wow” moment of everyone walking in and seeing the room look so gorgeous.
Is this irrational? Other ideas?
Here’s a picture of the venue so you see what I mean.
Post # 3
My venue was very similar in layout and we had the room flip after our ceremony while we were upstairs for cocktails. I don’t think anyone noticed — I certainly didnt — because they were busy eating and drinking. It will be totally fine!!
Post # 4
Thanks, I guess it just worries me bacuse if it were me, I’d probably be looking 🙂
Post # 5
@TheBakerChick: I think after the ceremony people will be excited to talk and mingle and these places turn the room over SO FAST it’s like, in the blink of an eye.
Post # 6
I bet people won’t be paying attention. But, even if they do peek down, I think it would be kind of neat seeing all the magic happen!
Post # 7
We’re doing something similar. I worried about it for a bit, but I’m hoping our guests will be too busy getting beverages, playing games, finding their seating assignment, signing the wishing tree, etc. to notice or care! Even if they do see it, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.
Post # 8
I attended a wedding in a venue like that where they did the flip during cocktails. Girl… THERE WERE COCKTAILS. I didn’t even notice a flip ;o)
Post # 9
I attended a wedding with this kind of flip, everyone was talking, looking for the bar, and chasing hors d’oeuvres, no one cared about watching the other site. This would be especially true if there was seating in the cocktail hour area, as the only people I saw getting antsy were those that wanted to sit. Overally, I wouldn’t worry about it at all. But if it really bothers you you could look into errecting some temporary draping along side the cocktail hour.
Post # 10
Yup I been to a wedding with the same setup, it looks just like your space weird lol. Anyways they did coctail hour upstairs and I don’t think anyone notice. There might be one or two busy bodies looking over, if you truly it bothers you do you have any other options for cocktail hour?
Post # 11
Ok thanks! I’ll be sure to keep the booze and food flowing so no one is paying attention! 🙂
Post # 12
I am having a similar concern, would love to hear how your wedding turned out! We are getting married in a venue that will have the ceremony and cocktails in the same space. It’s a fairly large space but we are going to also have 170 guests.
I am concerned my guests will be watching the chairs for the ceremony get folded up/taken down while they wait for their first cocktail or appetizer. We are not really doing much else as part of the flip as we have the reception and dancing in another area. Here are the options FI and I can think of right now:
1- Standing ceremony: I am concerned this will be too hot/uncomfortable for our guests.
2- Benches vs Chairs: Perhaps benches would be faster to move out of the area?
3 – A “getaway” exit: Would get our guests out of the cocktail area for a solid 10 minutes, leaving plenty of time for the “flip”.
4- Temporary “Barn Door”: to separate ceremony site from cocktail area. We could move this out as soon as chairs are cleared.
Thoughts? Would appreciate any advice!