Thoughts on a ceremony and reception in the same venue/room??

posted 3 years ago in Detroit
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Im having the exact same dilema at The Royal Park Hotel.  The glass conservatory is already booked for our reception but im hesitant to do the ceremony because they actually set up everything the way the reception will be and do a 5 minute room flip after.  Id rather have the awe of walking into the room afterward. After much debate I found a lot of pictures that I really liked where people did the same and actually didnt drape off the area.  Cool video where these guys did the same:  http://vimeo.com/73937600  .  The picture is also really cool also because these people did the same room concept but without the drape.  All my guests so far that ive asked seem to be all for the same room idea so it makes me feel a little better. It also saves a little on music since the dj is already set up….

 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Henry Ford Museum

We considered the Colony Club for our wedding.  The ceremony space issue was one of the major reasons we decided against it.  Personally, I did not like the first floor room they had available for the ceremony, but I have seen pictures of beautiful weddings there.  If we had gone with the Colony Club, we would have held the ceremony in the reception room, cocktail hour in the halls, then the reception in the same room again.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

I really prefer weddings where the ceremony and reception are on the same property, and all the most beautiful weddings I’ve attended have done it this way. It’s really convenient for the guests and easy for the wedding party.

Post # 5
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Newbee

Lmizzle:  In my opinion the Colony Club is such a pretty venue that your guests will enjoy that it’s worth the “imperfect” ceremony space issue.  If you’re not religious & will have a short & sweet ceremony I would just do both the ceremony & reception in the same room since you think it is prettier, seperated by drape.  With cocktail hour in the halls.  

It has been my experience that old, historical, unique, pretty venues all require some sacrifice or another.  Could be no air conditioning, very small loading elevator, no flame candles allowed, no dedicated ceremony space, etc.  Just think of it as an opportunity to get creative with a solution that is part of what will make yoeve wedding unique.

For what it’s worth my ceremony & cocktail hour are in the same space.  After the ceremony the drape will be tied back & guests will flow forward passing through what was the “alter” area for cocktail hour.  

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Henry Ford Museum

I would like to add that, in my experience, the Colony Club does the transition very smoothly.  They are a venue that my wedding planning company recommends for several reasons, including their expert use of their own space.

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