Post # 1
We are thinking about renting out a very pretty city building for our ceremony. It’s cheap, it’s just been remodeled, and it has a rose garden nearby. It also has a basement downstairs with a kitchen so I was thinking of having the ceremony at 12 and right after we walk outside thank our guest for coming and invite them down to eat and cut the cake.
My dilemma is that alcohol is not allowed in city buildings which we definitely want to go along with the dancing. Would it be bad to invite guests to a 2nd venue for just dancing and drinks from 8pm-1am? It would be another cheap venue, I’m just not sure if it’d be too much of a hassle for everyone, especially the DJ. BTW our guest count is 100 and no out of town guests.
Gimme some feedback cuz I need to make reservation asap!
Post # 3
I think its asking too much, personally. I’d find one venue that can accommodate dinner and dancing. Not that its asking too much per se since its not all that different than having your ceremony and reception at 2 different locations, but I think its sort of silly to have the entire wedding switch locations in the middle of the reception.
Post # 4
@AngelS: It is okay and very common to have your ceremony and reception at two different sites but what’s up with the huge lapse in time? From a guest’s perspective, your wedding would be alot more enjoyable if it all took place in one location and I didn’t have to wait hours and hours for the next part of the wedding.
Post # 5
I think you can do it if you’re willing to accept that some people probably won’t come to the dancing/drinks party. A lot of people can be coaxed to dance if they’re there anyway, and everybody looks like they’re having fun, but may not take the initiative to bring themselves to the place that it’s happening.
Post # 6
I think you could do it, but with the time difference and the fact that the dinner and dancing are in different locations the party would die down a lot with some people probably skipping the dancing altogether. The music and dancing often accompany before and even during the dinner so not having that and then starting it later would halt the party atmosphere I would think
Post # 7
I think if you moved the dancing part to right after the ceremony and food part it would be okay. Having it so much later would be a little awkward. We our having our reception in the early morning and because of that we aren’t allowed loud music or dancing until the reception is basically over. So instead we are having an after party that includes dancing & a more casual atmosphere. That might be a good option too.
Post # 8
@BeautifulKatastrofie: I guess that’s what I’m seeking. More of an after party with our peers where I don’t care if the dance venue is “pretty” or if the older folks are offended by the club songs. I’m not expecting everyone to show up either but I’m sure the majority of our peers would be there. So I’m still lost…