Post # 1
My Fiance and I are running into a problem with our venue. We will be having both the ceremony and and reception in the same room, so some turnover will need to happen.
Fiance and I will be busy signing the marriage cert and etc, but our guests will need to be occupied as well. The problem? The venue doesn’t allow food or drink in the lobby where guests will be waiting.
Anyone have ideas what we could do to keep the guests busy without offering food or drink? We will have a photobooth, but I’m thinking some more activities will need to be offered to keep them entertained.
Post # 3
@navybride0428: How long is the turnover? Is there a patio or some other location your guests can wait? I think if it’s only 10-15 mins, you could just have the photobooth and guestbook, any longer than that, and you’ll probably need to figure out drinks at least.
Post # 4
@navybride0428: Has the venue never dealt with this issue before?
Post # 5
@oneofthesethings: Agreed, I would see what the vendor has to say! Surely they have dealt with this in the past.
Post # 6
Wait to sign the marriage certificate. Walk out down the aisle, and wait for your guests in the lobby, where you can greet them as they walk into the area — but on the opposite side, away from the doors. That will take up the time necessary for the venue to switch over, hopefully, and then you can sign the certificate and go take pictures.
Post # 7
@housebee: I think in many of the instances with the venue, there have been less guests. We will be maxing out past the room limit with more than 200 guests (i.e. about 25 tables). Our wedding coordinator is planning on around a 20-30min turnover because of the number of tables/amount of food to be laid out.
We do have a patio, but they don’t allow food outside 🙁 We found out AFTER we signed the contract and paid in full that they have some pretty strict rules. I can’t even have a technical flower girl since they don’t allow “anything that could create debris on the floor”
@oneofthesethings: You would think that they have, but they didn’t have any suggestions, other than sending them to the lighthouse down the road for awhile. I’m not sure people would like to be driving around especially when there is limited parking
Post # 8
@navybride0428: My venue doesn’t allow things to be thrown on the floor…or at least, if something is tossed, we have to pick it up. So my flower girls are going to walk down the aisle holding little bouquets. I don’t think that’s such a big deal.
Is the idea I mentioned doable?
Let’s see…are you allowed to put pictures on the walls or anything? You could put together some framed photographs of the two of you, or of places you’ve been, and sort of make a gallery for your guests to peruse while you’re busy.
Post # 9
@peachacid: It’s definitely doable 🙂 We decided to have her hold a sign around her neck though that says “B, here comes your girl!”, and possibly a little lily pomander to hang from her wrist.
Unfortunately, they don’t allow anything to be hung on the walls 🙁 They double as a community center, so they have all the paintings from the center’s art classes there. They said that suction cups are allowed to be placed on the floor-to-ceiling windows that make up the entry to the room, so my aunt is making a collage of our engagement photos to put on there. But other than that, they say ‘nothing to be fixed to walls, ceilings, doors or door frames’ 🙁