Post # 1
My FI and I are involved in the things both our siblings do at church. We are concerned about how it effects them. This stems from us both being the oldest and stepping up to the plate when both ofour parents either divorced or seperated. So, when our siblings came home from church telling us the stories of what was going on, we realized that the 435 we are giving them for our wedding was not what we wanted. We do not want to give money to a church when we do not agree with its beliefs. This led us to search different ideas. One was to get married at a local park. it is beautiful. Only flop.. It is Ohio and the latest date without exceeding our original date is May 8. Burr… It will be cold! but, the pavillion at the park is big enough for a wedding/reception inside. I know it sounds odd, but i have seen it done. What are your thoughts on this. A wedding/reception inside the same room and all?
Post # 3
We had our ceremony and reception in the garden at our location. What we did was to bring everyone out front for a few minutes to say hi to us so that the chairs and everything could be switched out for tables and the food could be brought out. It wasn’t a problem at all having them in the same place but you should probably get the majority of pictures done before the ceremony since you don’t have a lot of time to leave guests waiting in between the two.
Post # 4
Here we have to rent chairs seperately. But because Ohio weather is so unprdictable and rainy a lot we thought of just doing it all inside the building in the one room.
Post # 5
I think inside would be fine though as long as you can get everyone out of the way for a bit so they can do the switcheroo.
Post # 6
Ok. maybe this will help. It is the link to what it looks like inside.
I hope it works lol
Post # 7
I think it’s a great idea & I’d do it myself except that both sets of parents insisted on a full Catholic mass.
Friends of mine did this in August & I realized how great it works out. Everyone hung out in the cocktail area before & the ceremony was held in 1/2 the ballroom walled off. When it was over, everyone went to cocktail hour and the staff turned the 1/2 of the ballroom back into reception space.
I also realized that since her ceremony & reception were all in the same place & back to back – she really lucked out in having a perfect set-up for photography. She had her photogs for 2 hours before for pre-wedding photos & everything was right there, so they didn’t have to pay extra for travel, overtime or anything.
As long as you like the way your venue can set it up, I say go for it.
Post # 8
I think having the ceremony and reception at the same location is totally fine; but I’m biased, as that’s what we’re doing. I also think doing it all in one room would be fine.
Are you having any sort of cocktail hour? If so, perhaps you could have the ceremony seating set up in rows beyond the tables (near to the lamps, in your pic), and have your ceremony there…then have everyone move into the other area (where the tables are) and have cocktails while the staff sets up.
Another idea is just to have everything set up for the reception, have everyone take their seats at the table, then have the ceremony up by the lamps, and everyone sitting at tables for the ceremony. I’ve seen that done once and it was definitely fine. No clean-up involved in moving chairs around.
Your space lends itself to having an aisle run right up the middle of the room too – between the tables. Maybe put down an aisle runner for the ceremony, which could then be taken up for the reception?
Post # 9
I think it will be cost and hassle saving. We did it and it worked very well… Granted ours was in the great outdoors, but the ceremony and reception were about 100 yards apart 🙂
Post # 10
We are having our ceremony and reception in the same room. I think its gonna work out just fine.
Post # 11
We are on 1000 to do the wedding not counting my dress and his tux so.. all we are doing is cake and punch plus it is in the evening around 6 and i have the place till 11 (including clean up we have to do) so it leaves time for just dessert. Also, the staff is me, my Fi, our family and bridal party. So i like the idea of people just sitting at the tables. All the place has though is the rectangular tables leaving peoples backs to the ceremony. but we could always turn the chairs around.
Post # 12
I think it could work well! Just make sure you have a crew of helpers that can transform the place quickly. I think it will save you lots of hassle!
Post # 13
One of my coworkers had a wedding where they had pre-ceremony cocktails and appetizers, and then the ceremony started. It was nice because no one had to drive from one place to the other, and they got to get started right away with the party! They all just sat at their tables for the ceremony, too, so it was kinda cool. The only thing I would worry about is that people have an outside area they can go to if they start feeling trapped. I know that if I’m in one room for a long time, I start getting restless and wanting to leave!
Post # 14
Whoops, i voted yes by accident. I meant to say that it’s fine, many venues are set up to handle this. We both aren’t religious and were originally going to have the ceremony and reception in the ballroom but changed our minds and are having the ceremony at a church. You just have to get guests out for cocktail hour for the changeover.
Post # 15
We are having everything at one venue- outdoor ceremony, indoor reception. Seeing as many of our guests are unfamiliar with the town, I think it will make things a lot easier on them. I agree with pp, just make sure to have a good crew to turn the space around and have something for the guests to do while things are being set up.
Post # 16
I just got off the phone with the park and the lady did not know an answer so I am waiting for the park manager to call. They may not have a crew to do it and they do not want people doing it them selves. 🙁