(Closed) Ceremony, here or there?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I like the park and think it’s really pretty. I do kind of worry about making all your guests stand. Could you possibly rent some chairs and have them set up? The other concern of course is weather, do you have a back up plan for rain, too cold, too hot etc? My wedding is outside in a botanical garden but we have an indoor space available too. I warned all my BMs who will be standing up with me the whole time that they’ll be standing on grass if we’re outside so that they don’t have heels sinking into the ground. I think you could make it work though and it is beautiful.

I guess if it was me I’d probably figure out a way to make the park work. Though if possible I’d like the indoor venue as a backup plan in case the weather is bad.

Post # 5
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like the idea of having your ceremony in the nearby park, as long as you’re able to somehow reserve the trellis area.  Even though you know there will be other people in the park during the ceremony, I’d think you should have the assurance that they won’t be overtaking the trellis area while you are trying to hold your ceremony.  I think your guests will survive having to stand for a short ceremony, and you could always bring a few folding chairs if someone really needs to sit.  Plus you already have a ready-made back up for inclement weather in your venue.  I’ve also seen weddings on Four Weddings, David Tutera, etc., where the guests just sat at their reception tables during the ceremony, which would save you from needing to make a quick switch if you opt to get married in your venue.

For what it’s worth, my ceremony and reception are being held in the same room and will be 5 hours start to finish.  Our guests will go into the next room for Cocktail Hour after the ceremony while the room is switched over.  The room is larger though, so the caterer will have the tables set up and hidden behind draping during the ceremony and then just have to move them all in place afterwards.  The timeline is a little tight for my liking, but I think the difference is having the professionals to take care of it since they work weddings there almost every weekend.

Post # 6
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are also doing a short ceremony where people will be standing (although, indoors.)  I think the park looks beautiful.  I don’t think that it not being private is a bad thing, most people are respectful when it comes to weddings and keep a distance. 

You could also see if it’s possible to ‘reserve’ the space – put a sign up saying “Wedding Ceremony at 4 p.m.)

One thing I like about your park option, is it provides a nice transition.  After, people can walk to the venue, start the reception and you guys can get pictures done (if that’s what you’re doing.) 

I’m ignorant when it comes to the weather in your part of the US but that’s always another consideration.  If it’s normally dry and warm at the end of April, my vote is outside.

Post # 8
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@allyfally:  I absolutely LOVE the park! I think it’s stunning and it will really add that extra “wow” factor to your ceremony and your photos as well. I’m on the side of, unless there’s some medical reason (wheelchairs, crutches, etc), your guests can stand for 15 minutes for the ceremony. Chairs are a big expense and we were planning on just having people stand, ourselves. None of our guests minded when we asked!

We got married on the beach, which wasn’t private at all. People saw that there was a wedding going on, and they steered clear. I saw a little girl running towards us during photos and the mom ran over to get her immediately. People know what’s private 😉

As far as shoes go, they make special little rubber things for the heel of your shoe so you don’t sink into the ground. I can’t think of the name right now, but I know you can find them practically anywhere!

Post # 9
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The park is gorgeous! Go for it. I have been to weddings where all the guests were standing (park ceremonies and indoor ceremonies alike) and nobody seemed to mind one bit. Just say a prayer to the weather gods and hope for a beautiful sunny day 🙂


Post # 10
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Park park park!

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