Post # 1
We’re having our religious ceremony & our reception in the ballroom of a hotel. I’ve warmed considerably to the idea, but just have one concern: I don’t want guests sitting at the dinner tables during the ceremony.
So I’m working on how to lay out the room so that we still have ceremony chairs and a Church-like set-up.
How does this look? :
The idea is that once the ceremony is over and we head off to take photos (20-30 mins), the hotel staff will remove the ‘altar’, aisle runner, and chairs. This will leave a nice, big dance floor which is a must-have for us.
So how does it look? The florist does NOT want the cake behind the altar and also doesn’t want to do the aisle runner that way. The altar will have curtains on the side and behind, so the cake would be completely hidden during the ceremony. I kind of like that idea, but she wants it out in the open on a different wall from the start.
Post # 3
I think it looks good. Put the cake where you want it, it’s YOUR wedding and your money.
Post # 4
@ana77: The florist does NOT want the cake behind the altar and also doesn’t want to do the aisle runner that way.
Really? And is it her wedding? I don’t think she has a say in how the cake and runners are set up… Her job is the flowers.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
@happyface: I agree, the florist needs to zip it.
The cake should be hidden during the ceremony- you’re trying to differentiate between the two parts of the day. Your layout works.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies! Your comments about the florist made me laugh 🙂 I keep going back and forth between thinking “this is MY wedding, not hers!” and thinking that she has lots of experience and knows what she’s talking about. Your comments made me feel better about my idea, though – thanks!
(BTW – the reason she’s even talking about those things is that it’s her table and aisle runner. She does flowers AND decorations. I’m doing the decorating myself, but we’re renting her ‘altar’, cake table (w/flowers), aisle runner, etc.)
Post # 7
I see, so she does have a say…. but still, it’s your wedding, and I personally think the cake should stay hidden during the ceremony itself, and only revealed when it’s time for the reception.
Post # 8
bump any last minute voters?! 🙂
Post # 9
I think the layout will work well. My only concern? Is the drawing done to scale? I’m not sure there is enough space between the tables to pull out chairs and have people pass through between tables.
Post # 10
@julies1949: Thanks! No, it’s not to scale at all. It’s more of a ‘sketch’. But I showed it to the events coordinator at the hotel and he said that the tables and chairs will fit like in the sketch. I definitely see what you mean, though! 🙂