(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in same hall: Questionable.

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@mrsweo6:  Is there a way you could have a cocktail hour outside so that people could mingle on the lawn and have drinks and hors doeuvres while you/your people change it over?

Post # 4
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am having my ceremony and reception in a single hall, but it is large enough that we are sectioning off 1/3rd to do for the ceremony and 2/3rd for the reception, and there will be separate entrance doors for each. So that isn’t super helpful. But just in case it is possible (you can sometimes pack more people into the reception side by using rectangular tables), we’re using pipe and drape as a divider, so that would be useful info.

I would not have your guests set up tables. I was actually at a wedding where they did that recently (honestly, it was the least of their challenges that day), but people grumbled about it. I will say it got done very quickly!

Is there a lobby area in the venue that would be large enough to accommodate a cocktail hour while the room is flipped? That is the only way I have seen it successfully done.

Another option, and it’s actually our backup option if 100% of people accept and bring a guest (they won’t), is to have the ceremony and reception all set up together. Set up your reception tables and create an aisle down the middle of them. Have the ceremony on a riser at the front and then the head table can quickly be brought out afterwards and placed in that area, or your head table can be off to a different side. In photos I’ve seen this done, I preferred rectangular or square tables over round, it seemed a little more natural to create “rows” of them. You also would need to keep your centerpieces low and if possible, I wouldn’t have plates set out at the table during the ceremony.

Post # 7
12 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I am having my wedding & reception in the same room with a Winter Wonderland theme. We will have bright lights/fully lit room for the ceremony and once the ceremony ends, the lights will dim and blue lights will be cast upon the walls. i am not sure if you will have lighting options but that may be one way if you cannot physically move things around or opt to have the cocktail hour outside. 

Post # 8
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@NAvery:  Your last option is the best 🙂 I think I will use it for my back-up plan in case of rain! 

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