Post # 1
Okay, so my fiance and I have already put a deposit down on our venue. We can either have the ceremony done in the same room as the reception or we can rent out a second room just for the ceremony. It would cost $400 more to rent a second room (we are having a budget wedding).
If it was done in the same room, there would be an aisle made up of 30 chairs then the rest of the guests would sit at their tables (125 guests total). After the ceremony people that work at the banquet hall put those 30 chairs back at the tables they came from, and then the cocktail hour starts. So absolutely everything would happen in this room and the guests wouldn’t leave it for any part of the wedding.
I’ve seen some posts on this already, but there was usually a transistion room where the guests had their cocktail hour.
This is exactly what it will look like.
I’m just wondering how awkward you guys think this would be.
Post # 3
How would your guests know if they are supposed to sit in the chairs or at the tables?
Post # 4
The chairs would be taken from surrounding tables. So before they enter they will find their place cards to see what table they’re assigned. So if their table doesn’t have any chairs then they get to sit in the aisle seats.
Post # 5
That room is really pretty with all the lighting! I thought about having it in the same room, and that is our backup plan if absolutely everyone RSVPs yes and brings a guest (never going to happen in a million years).
I think that setup is pretty cool. Obviously you’d need to have a seating chart as people come in so they know where to sit. I’m assuming it would be family only in the close-up seating? You’d have to be reallllly careful on picking those people out and have some clear boundaries. It’s like a guest list within a guest list, and people get hurt feelings over dumb things.
And you’d need to have all the chairs turned in the direction of the ceremony rather than inward to the table. Centerpieces would need to be kept especially low.
The biggest obstacle I see in that picture is where is your aisle? That may not be a big deal to you, but I know a lot of people want that dramatic walk down the aisle, and it looks like you’d do an L-shaped type walk here.
If you’re on a budget, I think this is a great alternative. Yeah, it’s a little different, but I think it is really pretty and also allows you to quickly get into the reception. I definitely think it could work.
Post # 6
I love the idea but find the aisle a little awkwardly placed. Would having your nearest and dearest gathered around you for the ceremony be preferable? Or maybe make an aisle through people standing, taking away the need for chairs. I have no idea how this would look, it’s just a thought.
Post # 7
I think that venue is gorgeous, and very doable to have it all in one room. However, if it was me, I would go ahead and get the second room. That way guests aren’t in the way of staff moving things around, and the transition is very smooth.
I’m having mine at a bed & breakfast. What’s going to happen is we are going to have 2 10×30 tents set up for the ceremony itself, then hor duerves will be served in the main portion of the lodge [and probably games & stuff for them to do just in case it takes more than 15 minutes] while after-ceremony pictures are being taken, then the bridal party will form the recieving line in front of the entrance to the 1000 square foot deck, which is where we are having the reception. We wanted to make things as smooth as possible, and give our guests something to do while they would otherwise be standing around being bored.
Post # 8
If you pay the $400 for the extra room for the ceremony, will they provide a second set of chairs or do the chairs have to be moved in between the ceremony and the reception? Do they have an area for drinks/apps if the chairs do have to be moved?
Something else to see if you can negotiate, if you want the second room – see if they’d allow you to do a $400 higher food and beverage minimum instead of the $400 room rental. Or some sort of split. Then you are getting something for the money instead of just the room rental.
One other thing to consider – if you don’t rent out the ceremony room, is it possible they’ll be having another wedding in that room? Will there be other weddings onsite? If the $400 means that you’ll be the only wedding/large event, that would be worth it to me.
Post # 9
They do provide chairs for the second set up, so right after the ceremony, there will be chairs all set up in the reception room.
If we rent out the second room or not, there will be a wedding there. They just work out the timing so all the events fit.
Right now I’m leaning toward renting out the second room. I think it would make everything a little more special.
Thank you, everyone, for you opinions! 🙂
Post # 10
We are having our ceremony/reception in the same room as well. I have shown pictures to a number of friends and relatives and they have all thought it was a fantastic idea not to have to travel from one location to another.
We have a similar set up in which I will have to decide who sits in the chairs right up front. But that will not be a huge issue at all. Will just stick to siblings and immediate family.
We will have a small cocktail/appetizer time while the staff moves the chairs back.
Big advantage I have is our D.J has worked this location numerous times so knows the venue owners welll and provides a coordinator to help with the details.