(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in one?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re planning something similar: cocktail hour, short ceremony, then reception all in the same venue (a restaurant we’ve rented for the evening). We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback when we tell guests our plans. “You mean we get to stay in one place? For the whole thing? That’s awesome!”

Post # 4
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Great idea!  We were married in our home and had our reception immediately afterwards.  It was great!  I don’t know if you want anything served during the ceremony though.  It could be a distraction for you and your guests.  

Post # 5
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it’s a fabulous idea. Sounds like you could make it really smooth and fun.

Post # 6
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I really wanted to do this, but as a suprise to our guests. the Fiance thought it was weird! Not sure why, so we are instead we are just having the private ceremony instead with cocktails and dinner after.

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think it sounds nice! Very laid back, I’m sure your guests will love it!

Post # 9
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This sounds cool!  We’re doing our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all at the same place, and so far people are loving the idea of a one stop shop sort of thing.  Yours sounds really relaxed, convenient, and fun!

Post # 10
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

That’s what we are doing– we are getting married in a beautiful dance club that is really 2 clubs in one. On one side is a gorgeous “speakeasy” type of lounge where we will have the ceremony, and the other side is a large, breezy dance area with a shiny teak floor where we will have dinner.  I’m going to “open the doors” at 6:30p,m (Friday evening) and let the guests have a drink before the ceremony at 7.  Then a cocktail hour before dinner at 815 or so. I have had great feedback on the fact that it is “all in one” so people don’t have to move locations– just Park and Play. There really are no hard and fast rules anymore, and In My Humble Opinion the less hassle for the guests, the better!

Post # 11
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@annifer: We’re pretty much doing the same thing. Cocktail hour, our ceremony (which will be VERY short) and then we’ll party on!

Post # 12
34 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

the venue that i love and adore blocks their time frames in 4 hour segments.. since i’m on a budget, I would love to pull the ceremony and reception off in that time frame.. it is an outdoor wedding in the meadow of a nature center in our area.. they have multiple vine covered arbors in the meadow for the ceremony, an open rustic pavillion to be used for whatever we want and a reception building all in the same area.. it is beautiful!!!  very nature oriented and very inexpensive.. 

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