(Closed) Ceremony question. Opinions please :)

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
47255 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
6724 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
1352 posts
Bumble bee

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
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

beepbeepitspatty:  I love the idea.  You can really make it your own and save time. 

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Ours is in the same place too. The ceremony is by a lake and the reception is 100 feet away under a shelter. 

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