Separate Rooms – How to go about not having a sit down dinner???

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@DaphneDescends:  Our reception was NOT a sit down dinner.

There was PLENTY of food, but there was no formal structure to it– and it worked out very well.  Lots of mingling- we did NO first dance, NO toasts, NO cake cutting!!  There were some chalkboards around that were informative for guests– 

I guess I can’t really tell you how to go about it– it just worked.  Our venue was the main floor of a mansion.  Not everything went exactly how we wanted it to– but no one knew that except for us.  

Are you having kids at your wedding?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just make sure a main attraction area is clearly marked. This could be the dance floor or where the DJ is perched or where the cake table is located. Make sure your audio system is clearlt heard in all spaces. When announcements are made “meet us on the dance floor” or “make your way to the cake table”. Guve people directions and time to arrive before starting anything.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@DaphneDescends:  just put a shekels if events if you feel I’ve is needed, in a prominent place in both rooms.  If the announcements can’t be heard in both,and you can’t feasibly solve this with speakers in both rooms, simply make them twice. I would alternate which room gets them first.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@DaphneDescends:  My friend’s was at a historic house. She just had someone go from room to room making the announcements.

On the invitation, I might say Heavy Hors d’oeuvre, Cocktails and Dancing to follow

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@DaphneDescends:  Maybe. I would kinda want to know that I would be standing all night. It might effect the shoe choice I make. So technically you can just say Reception to Follow, but depending on what time it begins your guests might think it’s going to be a sit down meal. So by saying Heavy Hors, Cocktails and Dancing, you are letting them know it’s more than just a cocktail party since there will be dancing, but less than a sit down meal.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@DaphneDescends:  I definitely don’t have any pics of the reception area before people were in it– our ceremony room was transformed into the “area with tables”– and the event took place on the entire lower floor of the mansion.

I can show ou a few picture from downstairs, so you have an idea.

 

 

This picture was taken in the main hallway of the mansion– but if you can picture it, it doesn’t really seem like a “hallway”- but technically, we are looking at the front door when this picture is being taken, about 30 feet down.  When you’re looking at the picture, over to the right is the room where we got married, and the room that was transformed….to the left is the built in bar area and to the front left is another room that was set up with tables.

 

I will try and find more pics that give you a better idea– but this is the only one I had uploaded to WB.  Right behind the guys is a large chalkboard easel that had “info” and “annoucnements” on it (you can’t see it at all in the picture though)

 

We really wanted a laid back feel (even though our wedding was formal)– we didn’t want someone going around making announcements– which is why there were a few chalkboard around.

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