(Closed) Ceremony and Reception same room?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We thought about doing it but it was too stressful thinking that possibly the room wouldn’t be flipped by the end of cocktail hour (plus the band wouldn’t be able to set up/sound test until after the ceremony was over) and our tables are pretty intricate and detailed so we didn’t want details to be missed because they were rushing. The reason we wanted to do it that way was because my fiance HATES being hot and so we were trying to avoid an outdoor ceremony. But we figured, for 20 minutes, it should be fine. We’re getting married in an historic club and they don’t have a second ball room really for weddings, so if we wanted to get married indoors, that would’ve been the only option.

Does your hotel do more than one wedding per day? Often, when you book at a hotel or resort, the ceremony space is included. Decor for the ceremony space isn’t usually included but the actual space is. What does the hotel suggest?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@cocobe:  My sister’s wedding did this.  The room really did look completely different after they had switched it, especially because the ceremony took place at let’s say the North end of the room, and when they switched it the North end was the dance floor and the dinner service was on the South end (which had been basically empty during the ceremony). So don’t worry about the “wow” factor, as the room will truly be transformed.

The only real downside to doing it this way is that it INEVITABLY takes longer to switch the room over than they say it will.  My sister’s cocktail hour turned into cocktail hour-and-a-half, and by the time every table had a chance to get their food, people were starting to get a little woozy from too much drinking and not enough eating. This is obviously more of a factor with a larger wedding than a smaller one … and as long as you have a LOT of appetizers during the cocktail hour(s), people should survive!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

As a guest, I’ve never gone “wow” when entering the reception venue, and it’s not for a lack of creativity or beauty of the room – I’m just not that type of person. And I really wouldn’t care if my guests went “wow” at a room. But, personally, I didn’t (and won’t be) want my ceremony and reception to be in the same room (or even building). The thought didn’t appeal to me and the reception halls in my area were too large for a wedding (it would have made the ceremony look pitifully small). But, as a guest, I wouldn’t care (I might even be pleased at the thought of a one-stop-day/night – no driving to the other location, which I sometimes hate). I guess I’m in the middle somewhere – my ceremony venue is five doors down from the reception venue. It’s in a historical downtown village, so everything is close by.

Do what works for you.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@cocobe:  That wait time inbetween the ceremony and reception is average, at least I’ve found. I’ve usually waited 1H30m to 2 hours, and that’s at different locations (not even including the drive time!). So, I don’t think that’s a major problem, and since you’ll have appetizers and drinks, I doubt the guests will be bothered and I’m sure they’ll understand.

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