(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in Same Room?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mayg07:  My venue is setting up our ceremony space for our reception while our guests are in a different area for cocktail hour.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We almost did this. At first our vendors were like “we can do a room flip with no problem”, but when we were somehow able to secure the whole building a month before the wedding, every single vendor confessed that room flips are a huge mess to deal with and never happen in an hour of you have a large qty of guests. I would not proceed with this headache unless your table setup for the reception is extremely simple and buffet style.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

If you can, it may be less confusing to have the ceremony and reception in separate rooms and just have the the decorations moved.  I think it would be easier to transport flowers than rolling tables and moving chairs around… I think.  But ask them to make sure…

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I also went to two weddings where the ceremony and reception were in the same room.  In both instances, we sat at the same table where we were served food.  While I prefer different rooms, it wasn’t bad.   I love all weddings, so I had a good time.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are having the ceremony and reception in the same room.  Cocktail hour will  be in the same room also. I never thought there would be any kind of trouble having the ceremony and reception in the same room with guests sitting at their tables during the ceremony that will be no longer than 25  to 30 minutes. I prefer having the guests sitting at their tables than having the chairs placed in one way and then have everything moved after the ceremony so guests can be sitted at their tables.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

 

Lauraine:  We are doing the exact same thing with ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in the same room.  The hall wants us to usher everyone out so they can take 5 minutes to roll in the cake and push out the head table.  I think its silly to have everyone ushered out.  Is your hall doing anything like this or is everyone staying in your room from start to finish? 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hi sophia, everything is staying in the same room from start to finish. The people, the cake, etc etc etc. The cake will be delivered to the venue the Friday evening or early saturday morning before the wedding. The venue is in the lower level of a restaurant. If we had to usher everybody out, I don’t know where everybody would go except upstairs to the restaurant and I wouldn’t want that cuz then they would have to come back downstairs. For goodness sake, how many times can we ask our guests to go here, to go there!!!! Our ceremony will take place right in front of our headtable.

I hope the people responsible for your hall will do what you ask them. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Lauraine:  My hall is terrible! You would think they are planning my wedding since ive had to make so many changes to accomadate them! The room is all glass and really pretty otherwise i would have changed venues a long time ago.  Our ceremony is also taking place in front of the headtable so I think its time to put my foot down and demand that there is no moving the guests out.  Thanks for your input! I was happy to see someone else doing almost an identical set up! All the best!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Go for it Sophia. Put your foot down. Its your wedding after all. They will probably say that’ the way they have done it before for other weddings. Well, you don’t care about what was done before. I can just imagine how beautiful your venue must be with all the glass though. Make sure you have lots of candles lit. My venue is kind of boring, mainly beige and I hate the pictures they have on the walls. I asked if I could take them down. No problem, they said. Then i took one down and OMG you should have seen the holes in the wall. OK. Pictures went right back on! I have no choice. But what i like about the venue is that its not too big and not too small for 50 people and plus I can lower the lights as much as I want. Believe me, they will be low for when I walk in for the first time and all the candles, every single one of them that I bought, will be lit. It will be subdued and romantic. Just like I want. Can’t wait!

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Lauraine you got me all pumped up and I will put my foot down! lol! thats funny you mentioned the candles because I too am on candle overload.  The picture below is what my florist had done at another venue and its exactly what I have them doing at mine.  Im having the long tables set up on both sides so i think it will look great. Almost like a candle runway as my aisle.  Im sure your venue will not be boring on your wedding day.  I think candles can make any room look absolutely amazing and beige is nice because its nuetral and not conflicting.  The pictures wont even matter but I know what you mean because in our venue there are these ugly fake trees but when you move them the floor looks like junk! I cant wait either!

 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

skippydarling:  are you having your ceremony/reception at Royal Park?  I have them booked for a ceremony/reception in the conservatory and was just curious how you plan to set up your room and work the room flip….the whole thing has given me such stress!

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