Post # 1
I always said a place with just one event (mine!) at a time was super important to me, but I found a lovely venue that does more than one wedding at once. The man assured me that the events are staggered so that no 2 weddings intersect and no guests get lost/confused, but it still really worries me.
Have any of you had a wedding at a place like this? How do you make sure things don’t get f’ed up? Is it just not worth it?
Post # 3
@MrsCreeToBe: We had our reception at a hotel where another wedding was also going on. We could hear their music a bit before our event started in earnest, but that was about it. I also saw a few of their guests in the bathroom when my bustle needed some repair. 🙂
Post # 4
I worked in a place like this. In peak season we would have up to 6 weddings at the same time, and up to 12 all day. It was brutal work! But we had it down to a science. If the venue has been in business for at least a couple of years, they probably do too.
We never had problems with the wrong food, setups, or guests ending up in the wrong place. Each party had its own kitchen captain, service captain, and supervisor. We had a lot of checklists, timelines and guides. It’s just what you do when you’re a professional and you need to keep a lot of stuff sorted out.
Perhaps it will give you the confidence you’re looking for to ask the venue to describe their workflow.
Post # 5
I would ask them how they handle the following things:
How do guests find the correct event?
How do vendors get routed to the correct event?
How loud/how much will you hear the other event?
Is there a coordinator for each event?
Is there sufficient parking and bathrooms for two events?
If they seem to have a good plan for these things, I would be ok with more then one event. If a venue said guests “just find their way to the correct space” or something like that I would look elsewhere.
Post # 6
I went to a wedding where one reception was upstairs and one was downstairs. At the end of the night there ended up people from the downstairs group come up to the upsatirs group (to hit on girls) and they tried to get drinks from the open bar….
Post # 7
I have been to lots of weddings where this has occurred. The last wedding I went to in May had 4 events running at the same time- 3 weddings and a reunion. The only time I noticed the other events were if the bride/groom walked past on their way for photos and when we were leaving and had to walk past the reunion (which looked like heaps of fun!).
I have never been to a multi-function room event that had any interruptions but my giess is that it can and does happen but I probably wouldn’t fault the venue for that it would be more likely as @russian_doll: said because of guests! The same thing could happen if you have your reception at a hotel or restaurant.