Post # 1
Fi and I were planning on having our ceremony and reception in two different locations in our home town (church ceremony, and other church’s fellowship hall… which is a gym..)
Recently I just won a FREE HALL RENTAL 🙂
However it’s 45 minutes away, and our wedding is the Friday before Christmas.
So we’re thinking we should have our ceremony and reception in the reception hall. However the reception co-ordinator said that they can’t set up rows for the ceremony, we would have to have the guests sitting at the reception tables and watching the ceremony.
Fiance and I dont love this idea, but it sure beats a gym reception hall!
Here is the proposed reception/ceremony site: (we can rearrange the tables, head table area, and remove the dance floor – We ARE NOT having dancing at our wedding – so the dance floor isn’t a problem)
Basically I’m wondering if anyone else has done this… If you have pictures.. and how you worked the recieving line and such.
So can you bees help our problem?
Post # 3
My mom is a wedding planner, and she recently planned a wedding with this situation. It was a little like a dinner theatre, where everyone was seated at the tables for the ceremony. You just have to arrange the tables such that there’s an aisle down the middle, and everyone will turn their chairs to watch.
Post # 4
I’ve been to a wedding like this and the way it was set up made perfect sense. It was basically a big room and there was a makeshift aisle down the center of the room with tables split evenly on either side for guests to sit at to watch the ceremony. People situated on the “wrong” side of the table just turned their chairs for the ceremony part of the evening. There was no receiving line, the couple just went from table to table during the reception. It can easily work!
Post # 5
yes, i have been to one before and they were as pp stated.
the only thing, don’t have any beverages served prior to ceremony. the one i went to, people were drinking beer as the bride walked down the aisle. she was quite upset at the venue for going against her wishes.
Post # 6
Thanks!! Do you think it would work to change the room around so that the reception hall is long ways, instead of short aisle?
Have me walking down the red area down to the head table area, and have the ceremony oriented that way?
Post # 7
Our rain plan includes having the ceremony in the reception hall… However we can move the chairs and such… I’m just keeping my fingers crossed and praying for amazing weather so we can have everything outside…
That said, I think the ideas PP’s have suggested are great.
Post # 8
We are also having our ceremony and reception at the same location, and the gallery basically only seats 100 people at a time. So we will have the room set up for our ceremony, then when it is finished, everyone will be ushered out of that area into the adjoining area for drinks and aps and chats, and a changeover will occur to set up the space for the reception.
This will cause us to have a 1.5 hour “cocktail hour”, but that’s not too bad in the grand scheme of things. That will give everyone a chance to wander around the pedestrian shopping area (we are getting married in an old converted distillery district), have some pictures done, and just chill out.
Our caterer who works in that space a lot says that they have set it up so that guests are sitting at their seat for dinner, so it’s not uncommon.
Post # 9
@lauraq123: Yeah I was debating about that too… having it changed over, but the reception co-ordintor said no that they don’t do that, and we don’t really want to have a cocktail hour at 7 at night on a friday. 🙁
We’ll take pictures and such before the ceremony.
Post # 10
@mypinkshoes: I think we will serve drinks before hand, we’re not serving alcohol at our wedding either. I would have a problem too with people drinking alcohol as I’m walking down the aisle – not classy.
Post # 11
We did this! No good pictures, yet, but it worked perfectly. We were able to set up a make-shift aisle, set up chairs at the front for our immediate families to sit at for the ceremony and had an arch at the front. It was quite similar to your picture with the arch in front of the head table, except we had enough space for the chairs at the front. Right after the ceremony, Darling Husband and I went to the back and we had a receiving line during the “cocktail hour”.
You can sort of see here how we set up the ceremony. There’s tables on either side. Having a larger hall definitely helped.
Post # 12
@CherryWaves: Thanks for the pictures. It’s hard to tell about your recption tables though.. I don’t see any! Could you post when you get some more pictures of your day?
I love the train of your dress though!
Post # 13
We’re having our ceremony and reception in the same place. Most of the places that we’ve seen have been venues that accomodate this. We’re just having the caterer and decorator flip the room during our cocktail hour and a half. We need the extra half hour because Fiance and I need to change and take pictures. Even if you aren’t serving cocktails, maybe you can serve refreshments and snacks?
ETA: I see that your reception coordinator said she won’t flip the room – what about the caterer? My caterer is included it in her proposal for a small fee.
Post # 14
I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man at a wedding like this (rain) and plan to do mine the same. We walked in an L like you had in your layout. This pic shows the people sitting and watching the best. Bride said she got SO many compliments on it (we did pictures before ceremony)
Post # 15
@Osgirl: Yeah, that would be nice, but our wedding reception co-ordinator and caterer are the same person. :p
@BrookieCookie9: Thanks for the picture, that helps a little bit more! It helps me to envision it better!
Post # 16
I went to a wedding like this (where guests watched the ceremony from the tables) and it was no problem at all.
But I also really like weddings where the ceremony & reception are in the same venue.