(Closed) Ceremony AT reception?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@bostongirl2: I think if you have a coordinator type person directing people and the ceremony is very short it’d be fine.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bostongirl2: I am considering doing something like this as well. We will only have 20 or so people at the wedding total so doing this would be easy to do although since we aren’t have a dance or anything, it’s a matter of finding a venue that will work for both that isn’t way too big. Ideally I would like to do this as a candle ceremony.

Groom and best man are already standing at the front where there a table with a ton of candles already lit. We begin the ceremony, doing whatever readings or talks that we have prepared, pass the rings through the family for blessing them at the same time. When it comes time to have the actual vows, I would like to have my bridesmaid (my daughter) take a candle from the table, light it and give the flame to my father, to light his own candle who passes it to someone else for theirs and they pass it along all the way through the group until it comes back to the bestman (my other daughter) and my Maid/Matron of Honor (best friend). I want to have us exchange vows in the circle of all of their flames – that represent how love is passed from person to person, growing and encompassing our entire family, who will stand by our sides and support us as we begin our new journey together etc.

Maybe I will have the chairs in a semi circle to begin and then ask everyone to join is at the alter before the start of the vows with their candles that way they aren’t standing the whole time things are read or what have you.

Anyway, it’s small, it can be done at any venue that has that bit of extra space and I think it will be an unforgettable moment 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think this will be completely fine as long as you have someone coralling everyone where they need to be!  Maybe some family members/the wedding party?  My sister’s wedding was sort of similar to this (it was on a boat though).  Everyone arrived and had some apps, then they were all assembled to stand for the ceremony on deck.  It worked really well.  Go for it!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bostongirl2: Thanks 🙂 I was thinking that we might do cocktails ahead of time so everyone can mingle. I am not concerned about them seeing me in my dress before I walk down the aisle with my dad. That way, we can ask everyone to sit down for the ceremony when we are ready.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are planning something similar to this. We are looking to rent one room and essentially split the room in two and have a normal ceremony in one part and the reception in the other. We are also having a wedding with 75 to 100 ppl.So,  I love the idea! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think it sounds great!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that it’s fine! It might help to have a schedule (on a board or something) to let guests know this, like:

4-5pm: Cocktail in the lounge

5pm: Ceremony in the atrium, standing room

5:30pm: Dinner in the dining room

etc…

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