- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2017
I will be getting married this June and I have the venue all booked (an old ballroom with beautiful arched windows on two sides), but over the past few months I have been unable to escape the problem of the strategy between ceremony and reception. Ideally I would have wanted to have the ceremony with chairs lined up in a row, but the more I have thought on it and tried to get a plan in order, I am unable to make it work without causing stress and difficulty for not only the guests, but the wedding party and staff. There is just no way around having the ceremony while guests are seated around the tables that they willl be seated at for the reception.
Any ideas on how to arrange seating so that their views are not obstructed during the wedding? I’ve been thinking about having a platform set up as the altar so that it is easier to see the ceremony. Also, because of the simple beauty of the venue I don’t plan on having decorations other than flowers, but I’m thinking that if we have the ceremony around tables, a low profile flower arrangement would be ideal.
Also, for the flow of things, I would like to have a little cocktail half hour or so as we are finishing up pictures right after the ceremony. It is a brunch wedding so I am also trying to think of what would be best around that time (I’m thinking mimosas and bellinis around that time with little snacks). How does a brunch of quiche, breakfast potatoes, fruit, strawberry walnut salad, ham and possibly a crepe station sound? Too much? By the time all is said and done brunch will likely be edging into lunch around 11:30, so I figure guests will be getting hungry. I plan on it being buffet style and am questioning if the tables should be set as I don’t want too much on the tables if we are going to have the ceremony in the same setting.
So many details to iron out. I’d appreciate any thoughts/advice!