(Closed) Ceremony and Reception in the same place…..advice, tips?

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We were married outside in a garden and then had dinner inside.

My suggestions: Take pictures first or after dinner… I lost this battle to the inlaws and it was a pain.  If you are going to do family/group pictures, do them immediately following the ceremony so that you don’t waste twenty minutes attempting to round the correct people up.

I would try to offer something to do for the cocktail hour, especially if there are kids.  I wanted bocce or croquet, but lost that one as well.  (Mostly, spouse said, “stop stressing about details, it’ll be fine.”)  We did have a music trio for people to listen to.

Have a plan for getting everyone into the dining room moderatley on time, this really dragged for us unfortunately, as the groomsmen had been drinking at this point and were themselves hard to cajole into getting everyone rounded up.  This is partially because everyone was spread around outside and inside the manor house.

If you’re doing ceremony straight to dinner or in the same location, make sure there is enough time at the start for guests to comfortably re-orient their chairs to the front.  Alternatively, ask the venue to set the chairs up so they are pointing towards the ceremony location.  Neck craining for 20 minutes+ can suck!

In general, people really appreciate having things in the same location, especially if they are coming from out of town.  Just make sure there’s food and drink available for any large downtimes, as they won’t be as able to run out to get fast food.

Post # 18
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No receiving line for us. We’re doing a first look, but after the ceremony, our photog will whisk us away for couple photos, and then we’ll join the last half of the cocktail hour.

Post # 19
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are planning a one room wedding/reception also, besides the timeline, any one have any ideas on how we can change the overall look of the room during changeover to make the reception look like a different space? We are having a afternoon wedding at a dark location, so we thought of uplighting the candlelit ceremony and then turning the uplights off and uncovering the windows for reception. Anyone have any easy decor ideas or suggestions?

Post # 20
918 posts
Busy bee

I haven’t had mine yet, but we are planning on the following timeline:



8 pm-group photo outside

8:15-ceremony room closed and lobby open for cocktails/appies-we are taking photos

9ish-everyone back into the room; we are announced

at this point, Fiance and I are doing two toasts, then first dance

9:15-everyone on the dance floor

Appies will be served and stationed-we dance/mingle

11:00-cut the cake/throw the boquet

dessert table open; wedding cake served; coffee served

12:00-we leave.


Post # 20
1 posts

Eight6Eleven:  my wedding venue is the same way except they take the chairs out and make an aisle like yours did with tables but I’m worried about the tables being out photo purposes looking tacky so please let me know how the photos came out because I’m scared 

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