Post # 1
Ok ya’ll we’re having our wedding and reception in the same place but in two different buildings. The church is there and then about 100 yards away is the reception building which is owned by the church. I’m thinking we’ll do our pictures before the wedding, but how do we transition from the church to the reception hall? My idea:
reception line leading out of the church – guests go straight over to the reception building
this is where I have issues as to what happens next – we will have a DJ and a buffet type dinner but we are not serving alcohol at all – so do we send the guests in to sit and wait until we come in or do they head through the buffet line and begin eating while waiting for us to get done with the receiving line? Basically we won’t have the “cocktail hour” thing going for us. any help? thanks
Post # 3
We had a similar set up, though ours was in the same building, just on different floors. We took pictures before so that we didn’t have a wait time before the reception. We are not a fan of receiving lines but wanted to make sure we had a chance to greet everyone and thank them for coming, so we came up with an alternative. My husband and I exited, followed by the bridal party. After an announcement/explanation by the minister, my husband and I came back in and dismissed everyone personally. The groomsmen, ushers, and some family members went to the reception and lit candles and prepared for the other guests, while the bridesmaids stood in the foyer and directed everyone to the reception. When we got to the reception, everyone had found a seat and was waiting for us to cut the cake. (They didn’t have to wait long; everyone just visited during this time.) I’ve never been to a wedding where the guests begin eating before the bride and groom, but you can do whatever you feel like doing. We had no complaints and everything went smoothly. If you are really worried about wait time, you could allow them to get punch or whatever you are serving to drink, so thy aren’t just sitting there waiting.
Post # 4
i agree with getting them punch to drink or you can have finger foods out for them to snack on (cheese and crackers/veggie dips) that way when you enter their bellies won’t be growling…
Post # 5
okay – so then do we cut the cake before the meal or is that just kind of up to us? Thanks for the insight – I sure appreciate it!