(Closed) Ceremony and Reception at same place.. Ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to a lovely wedding where the couple got married in the same room as the reception.  They just had the tables arranged as they would be for the reception, and people sat in their seats and watched the ceremony from their tables.  After the ceremony, the couple went outside for some photos, at which point the bar opened and appetizers were served.  When the couple came back, they made their grand entrance, had their first dance, took their seats, and dinner was served.  People didn’t have to get up and move or hold their purses, cameras, and drinks while the room was arranged.

We also got married at the same location we hosted our reception, but our ceremony was in a different room of the building.  It had a similar flow… we had to rent chairs for the ceremony so we could have everything arranged for the reception ahead of time.  We had our ceremony, after which our guests went to the reception in the ballroom for cocktail hour while we finished our photos, we then made our entrance, and served lunch (instead of dinner- saved a TON on our catering bill!)

You could also get married outside if there are some pretty gardens or a scenic area, just rent some folding chairs and set them up for your guests.  Then you can pre-arrange the reception area and not have people standing around while chairs are moved.

Post # 4
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@futureEsmeGarcia:  What are you having for centerpieces ?

We are having ceremony and reception at the same place as well and I have envisioned it all already. Because it is in an old mansion there are windows on both sides with shelves, figured i can put the centerpieces there to add floral decor to ceremony. Have a white runner go in the middle. The place of the actual ceremony…. I’m not a fan of the arches but love this idea:

After the ceremony both branch pots can be moved and placed on each side of the table or even be a part of your backdrop.

Post # 5
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The hardest part is turning the room over quickly (e.g., setting up the table settings). Will anyone from the venue be helpign to do this?  I really don’t recommend you doing it yourself.  Enlist the help of others.  Can you block half the room up with a removable wall?  You could have most of the room set up behind the wall, then once the ceremony is over, open the wall up and move the tables around as necessary.

You could use an aisle runner to assist with petal clean up.  But, I don’t think petals will be too difficult to pick up quickly.  You could always bring a little hand held vacuum to get the up quickly?

It definitely can be done, it just requires some planning and coordination.

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