Post # 1
My Fiance and I are looking at doing our ceremony and reception in the same location for a few reasons. My Fiance is uncomfortable getting married in a church, and we’re getting married in winter so outdoors is not an option and we’re worried about guests driving more than necessary.
That being said, I’m starting to get really concerned about the timing of it all. It seems to me like all the weddings I’ve been to do two separate locations with 1 or 1.5 hours in between. I do think we’ll do most pictures before the ceremony but I’m sure we’ll do some afterwards. I feel like if it is in the same location things might feel kind of rushed…. like “I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs….. now chow down!”
Also, we’re thinking of a heavy appetizer/cocktail reception vs. plated dinner so a cocktail hour doesn’t make that much sense.
Who else has done an all-in-one location? Could you give me your approximate timeline so I can see how this will work?
Post # 3
Are you going to have a cabaret style ceremony (where guests are already seated at their tables for the ceremony)?
When I’ve been to those, the bride and groom sometimes go away for a few pictures, and I think they went around and took orders at that point.. so you could start in with the cocktails and appetizers. Then, you can come in, and do an introduction / first dance if you want to, mingle with the guests, and then chow down!
Post # 4
No we were not going to do that. In most of the places we’re looking they have a separate room set up for the ceremony. In one place it is the same room but kind off off to one side.
Post # 5
We were going to have a cocktail hour during our cocktail reception, so don’t discount that! The difference is the offerings–offer light apps and make sure they’re passed, and don’t open up the other food/do it in a different place than the actual reception, but still in your venue, if you can.
And ours was going to be at the same place, too. It won’t be too bad, really! I know yours is during winter, but in our first scenario, the cocktail hour would be outside and they would be passing out sliders with different awesome garnishes and condiments, and then inside there would be the snacks and a different station, but it’s a serve-yourself kind of deal, and it’s enough food for a meal, anyways so everyone should be pretty satisfied!
Also, what if instead of passed apps you did passed hot cider or cocoa? That might be cute, and would pass some time in a “cocktail” hour. Do an interactive guestbook during this time too, like a faux-tobooth or instant photos of each guest, and have interesting things like a “timeline of your life” or pictures of all the weddings in your family as decor somewhere. Good luck!
Post # 6
We are doing it all in one location, like my Future Sister-In-Law did (we’re getting married in the same place).
The back yard was huge, so the guests took their chairs and set them up. They had a few drinks and caught up with friends for probably about 45 minuets (give or take) while they did the pictures. They had some music playing and it worked out fine. Hope this helps!
Post # 7
We did everything in the same spot, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was so much more convenient – for us and for our guests. Ours was at a museum and timing was like this:
Ceremony in one museum room – 6-6:30
Hot apple cider/cocktails/passed apps in downstairs exhibit area – 6:30-7:15
Family-style dinner in 2nd museum room – 7:15
We also had dancing and a fantastic band and were out by 11. It was a compressed timeline, but totally doable in one spot.
We did a few photos just before the ceremony, but we did nearly all of them the day after the wedding. I am so glad we did too, so our guests didn’t have to wait and we didn’t have to drag everything out.
Regardless, my biggest tip is to do what YOU and your FH want. The rest will fall into place.
Post # 8
We’re doing it all in one location. So far this is the plan…
Ceremony – 3:30pm
Cocktail hour – 4:00ish (during which we’ll have our photos done)
Dinner – 6:00ish