(Closed) Any bees hold ceremony/cocktail hour/reception in same location?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My wedding will not be like this, but a very good friend had a wedding like this.  They had the ceremony and the reception in the same spot in the courtyard, and cocktail hour was held off to one side, so we basically saw them move all the ceremony chairs, bring in all the tables, put out all the linens, etc.  It was really not a big deal.  If your wedding will already have the tables set up, then you don’t even have to worry about that business.  Ask the bridal party and your family to help move people along to the right spot at the right time.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We did! The room we had our ceremony in was the same room we had our reception in. We had our ceremony on one side of the room and then the staff took away the benches the guests sat on for the ceremony and that area turned in to the dance floor. It worked perfectly!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your venue manager/caterer should have the logistics of transforming the place under control, as it is part of their job.  Are you worried about flow? We looked into a venue where everything would have been held in relatively the same place too.  The venue manager explained that ceremony would be held in the west part of the courtyard (overlooking water on the grass).  All the tables would be set up on the east end so they can transform the area quickly. Everyone would be moved to an adjacent patio for cocktail hour (separated by some bushes).

I was never worried about them being able to transform the area quickly and efficiently as they have done it many many times.  I did not like that the guests would be able to see the setup prior (sans chairs) to the reception, but if that does not bother you I’m not sure you have anything to worry about?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes! it’s a great way to go for many reasons: logistics, financial, environmental, and less stress for everyone!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are doing something like this for our wedding. Like PP said, it’s actually a total relief from a planning standpoint. Over half of my guests are coming from out of town, so the less navigating of an unfamiliar city the better. Once they get to the venue, they don’t have to leave for the rest of the night! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@joious:  Your guests may find it interesting to watch the transformation; I would!  Something else to occupy them with during cocktail hour 🙂  We ended up not picking our venue because my parents preferred an indoor reception, but I remember the venue manager saying most brides are amazed how quickly they can convert the area!

I think it’s okay to take formal pictures in front of the altar.  I’ve been to many weddings where the pictures were within range of all the guests.  This will probably make the process go faster as you don’t have to chase someone down if they need to be in one of the photos.

You should still have your DJ announce you!  If you’re worried you’re too close and everyone can see you already, maybe gather the wedding party at the location for cocktails.  Usually everyone is seated for the reception before the announcement.  But I really don’t think you have anything to worry about!  Your venue manager should be able to talk you through the details!

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