(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in the same location — timing??

posted 12 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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 # 5
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
2631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
9 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

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

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