Post # 1
So FI and I are really interested in a historic house that hosts wedding ceremony and receptions. We like the old style of arcitecture that is found throughout the house, but like old buildings, the rooms are all seperated from each other and I’m not sure how it’s going to work in regards to a timeline. They do ceremonys in the same room as dinner, but they set it up ceremony style with an aisle, and then change it to tables and chairs for dinner during cocktail hour. The room has doors on it, so it’s not really like people would notice them tearing down and setting up.
The question I have is regarding how everything would work, because once we leave the room after dinner, they would close the doors for clean up. People would then be in the area where the cocktail hour was (the main lobby), and in another room where the dj would be set up. The room with the dj in it would have a few tables and chairs for guests who don’t feel like dancing.
The event coordinator said that typically the bridal party leaves after the ceremony for picture taking while guests enjoy cocktail hour. Then the bridal party is introduced down a main stair case that is right by the main lobby.
I guess I’m just wondering how this would work, especially with toasts because other venues have the dinner and dancing all in the same room. So the bridal party is introduced into the main room and everyone eats and does toasts after. With our set up would toasts be in the dining room or in the room with the dj? The cake table is also in this main lobby. So cake cutting would be after dinner and then people would have to stand around and eat because the room with the dj wouldn’t have enough tables and chairs for everyone…?!?
Is that wierd?
I hope everyone who has made it this far in the reading understands what I’m trying to say 🙂
Post # 4
I like the idea of toasts while people are eating (so they have something to do while they’re listening) so I’ve vote for toasts in the dinner room. And can’t people take their cake back to their dinner tables if they want to sit down while others are dancing?
Post # 5
@JenGirl: That’s what I’m wondering about, they close the room down for cleaning after dinner. But isn’t cake supposed to be cut and served immediatly after dinner? Before dancing starts? I wouldn’t want people eating their cake at dirty tables, but then I wouldn’t want anyone walking around eating cake..
Post # 6
I would ask your venue how it works. With places like that, they’ve got everything planned down to the minute.
Post # 7
I worked in a place a lot like what you described. What we did was have the DJ set up a speaker in the dining room area, with wireless microphones. If you need it for the ceremony its there, its there for toasts etc. So in your case we would have run the wedding like this
guests move to lobby/cocktail hour
bride and groom return and are announced in lobby
bride and groom cut cake in lobby/take pics with cake
bride groom and guests are seated
dinner is served
while dinner is served staff slices and plates cake
dinner dishes are cleared
cake is served
toasts while guests are finishing dinner/eating cake
DJ invites guests to lobby/lounge for dancing
With a speaker in each room guests can hear all announcements about whats going on and where they need to be. The only thing I would question would be closing the dining room after dinner. A lot of guests will probably leave purses, jackets etc on their dinner chairs if they are going to be dancing and moving around. I’d want to make sure their belongings are left until they are ready to collect them and leave.
Post # 8
@nikkialys: That sounds like a great timeline. I will definatly have to ask about the wireless speakers. Is that something the venue or DJ provided? I would ask the event coordinator but we already met with her once for a tour and since then (1.5 weeks) we’ve managed to send like 15 emails back and forth to each other. I just feel bad about it because we haven’t booked the location yet (we are looking at other places the next two weeknds and will most likely have a decision a week after that), and I don’t want her to get burnt out/ annoyed at all my questions haha!
Post # 9
The DJ usually provided the speakers. We had 3 or 4 that did regular business for events, so I don’t think they charged extra for it, it was just the way they set up our particular venue. I’m sure the DJ there whether they are contracted by the venue or by you should be able to provide this. Its pretty standard equipment for them.
Post # 10
Always toasts over dinner in my opinion. I love old houses too.