Post # 1
I have a quick question. How would a person invitited to the wedding react if we had the both the ceremony and reception in the same place? Fiancee and I are both different religions, so I was initially thinking having an outdoor ceremony in a garden or arboretum just quick 20 minute ceremony to make my parents happy on the day off. On the previous day, Friday, we are having a small ceremony in his home to honor his parents religion. I would LOVE to have my ceremony outdoors, but my date is early March, and though I’m in Texas, I’m afraid no flowers will be in bloom and it may be a bit chilly, and it may just be a total bust.
So my fiancee suggested just doing a small quick ceremony at our reception place, but it is a Vietnamese restaurant ,and I’m just not sure how well that will fly over. Or if it’s ok to do both at one place. It will be decorated nicely, I hired a decorator, but I’m still very split about what I should do. 🙁 What do you guys suggest?
Post # 2
beepbeepitspatty: It is not unheard of to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue.
Will you be in the same room for both? I have been to similar weddings- one where they had the guests sit at the round tables for both ceremony and reception (people just turned their chairs to be able to see the ceremony), and others where they had separate chairs for the ceremony and the tables were set up at the back of the room for the reception. When the ceremony was over the tables were brought forward, and the chairs placed around them.
Post # 3
My cousin’s wedding was at a restaurant, along with the reception. The tables were all set up for dinner with a nice open space in the front for the ceremony and later for dancing. Once they’d come down the aisle, we just stood wherever we wanted (or stayed seated). It was great and no silly waiting around for dinner after or having to drive more places in a strange city.
I’ve been to another wedding that were also in the same place with less precision in timing – one the bridal party left for over two hours to take pictures and none of us guests had a clue what we were supposed to be doing. There were some snacks but no music, nothing really to kill time. If you go that route, be sure there’s something for your guests to do or at least a clear timeline.
Post # 4
We’re having the ceremony and the reception at the same place. I’m not sure what the issue is? PM me if you have questions 🙂
Post # 5
beepbeepitspatty: I love the idea. You can really make it your own and save time.
Post # 6
beepbeepitspatty: We’re doing both in the same place, though the ceremony is outdoors and the reception is up a quick flight of stairs. We’re also doing a friday wedding, with the ceremony starting around 4:30. The venue coordinator told me to expect a LOT more people to come to the ceremony if it’s in the same place as the reception. It’s just a lot easier, and they know they’re only a few minutes away from a cocktail after the sappiness 😉 I definitely second the suggestions to have a clearly defined timeline and stuff for the guests to do (food to snack on, drinks to drink) to eliminate any awkward waiting around while you all are off taking photos.
Post # 7
Ours is in the same place too. The ceremony is by a lake and the reception is 100 feet away under a shelter.
Post # 8
julies1949: skunktastic: arathella: AutumnFlower: mottany: snpmarin: THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! I feel so much better. We decided to go ahead and book an outdoor ceremony place at a Japanese Garden. If the weather is bad, then they will refund us everything except for $25, and plan B is having the ceremony prior to the reception. Thank you guys so much.