(Closed) ceremony and reception

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Are you having a cocktail hour somewhere else? My ceremony and reception were in the same room, and we just had everyone move to a different area during the cocktail hour while they transformed the room.

Post # 4
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had the same issue. We only have one room for the whole event so I didn’t know how to transform the room.  the room fits 150 ppl and we’re having 80 so I’m hoping it’s big enough for us to pull off. 

We’re setting up the tables along the walls and then arranging the chairs for the ceremony.  After the processional everyone will grab a drink while the wait staff move the tables and places the chairs around them. 

The caterer already agreed this would work so fingers crossed!!

Post # 5
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had this issue too. You could rent twice as many chairs but that could get expensive. You can also have a cocktail hour outside and have people move the chairs then. Or if you’re not having a cocktail hour, maybe get your photographer to arrange for a really large group photo. It’s unconventional but I’ve seen it done and it comes out better than you’d think. While everyone is busy with the photo someone could move the chairs. Alternatively, if you’re willing to have a more casual “hey this is my closest friends and family and I get to ask them to do whatever I want” type feel you could simply ask the guests to move their own chairs. 

Post # 6
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I’m doing the same thing! We are having our ceremony and reception in the room. We also are expecting about 90 ppl to attend. We are having round tables (where the guests will actually be eating at) set up w/the chairs all around each table but facing the arch that we have. We will have a walkway w/a runner down the middle of the tables to the arch. When we (& our wedding party) walk back down the isle to sign our paper w/the officiant, our announcer will let everyone know that the bar is open and they can mingle and get a drink. Either each guest will know to turn their chair back to face the table or my announcer said he’d do it while everyone is up and chatting etc. He’s also going to roll up the runner (so no one trips!) and move the arch out of the way, (there is a dance area behind it) making it more “reception looking”. Then we’ll have dinner and everyone will return to their seats. I love it!! Our decor is beautiful and the tables will have low decor so ppl dont have to worry about looking over anything. Hope this helps!!

Post # 7
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Good post! I’m still looking for venues, but one if the contenders would put me in the the one room dilemma as well. 

Thanks for the responses, lots of good ideas on who to overcome the limitations Smile

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