Post # 1
We are having our wedding in our hometown but live 8 hours away. We’ve tried contacting our churches there but one is booked up and the other no longer wants to host events for the ceremony. We have a reception site and I want to keep this wedding planning process as stress free as possible and am about to give up on the search for a ceremony site. I’m thinking about booking extra hours with our reception site in order to have our ceremony there. I think it would be convinent and a cost saver. What do you ladies think? Has anyone ever done this? If so what was your experience and how did you about this? Thanks in advance ladies!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle
My sister did this and it worked wonderfully. The reception hall had an area that worked well for ceremonies so they had a 20 minute ceremony with the reception immediately after. They took pictures earlier in the day, so that would be something to consider.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar
Oooh I’m interested to see what the responses are – my Fiance and I have booked a venue with our ceremony flowing straight into the reception. I think it’s perfect because it’s convenient for guests and since we’re only having 30-40 people, it will be intimate. We want to hang out with our families and friends so we’re keeping it quite casual. The only issue we can think of so far is that we were originally going to have “first look” photos, but after some thought, Fiance decided he would prefer to see me for the first time coming down the aisle. So we will have to leave for about an hour (maximum!) to take photos, but this shouldn’t be a big problem as people can continue drinking/eating/chatting without us. Fiance hates photos, and I only need a few really good ones and I’ll be happy. Also, our venue is in the middle of the city so it will be a cool urban vibe on the day, so we’ll just take photos in the city streets/at the waterfront (about 5 mins drive away). Sorry for the essay! Yes, I think you should do it all in one!
Post # 4
ThaiL: lots of people do ceremony and reception at the same location. We are doing both at the same place.
Post # 5
To be honest I have only been to one wedding that was in separate places, every other has been in the same venue. So much easier and convenient for guests! I do not understand the gap concept, this elilinates the issue
Post # 6
I have attended several weddings where the ceremony and reception were at the same venue. Some of them were held in different rooms; some were in the same room.
Same room variations incuded: room set up for ceremony, guests left the room for cocktail hour while staff flipped the room for reception; chairs for ceremony at the front of the room and tables for reception set up at the back, chairs were moved to the tables by the staff after the ceremony; and finally, guests sat at the tables for both ceremony and reception, some guests had to turn their chairs to view the ceremony.
Post # 7
Yep, I’m doing both together too. It’s easier on us, easier on the guests, an all around win-win.
Post # 8
Actually most weddings I’ve been to have had the ceremony and the reception in the same place, and it’s what we’re planning as well. So much more convenient for everyone involved.
Post # 9
We are having ours at the same place. We are hoping for an outdoor ceremony, but pending weather, the venue can set us up indoors if they have too.
Doing it together was what I wanted from the start. The timeline works better for us. We’ll do a first look and pics earlier in the day, that way after the ceremony we only have to do a few with family.
Post # 10
I’ve been to a few weddings that worked this way. Most places had a separate area (either a separate room or a place outside) for the ceremony and then guests were moved inside or to another space for the reception/dinner. As long as your venue has this possibility (space is big enough to set-up for a ceremony and dinner OR there are two areas available) it should work very smoothly.
We’re having the ceremony in a separate venue, but it’s literally across the street from the reception site so there’s no gap between the two.
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2016 - Madame CJ Walker Building
I am doing this, I just think it is more ceonveniant all the way around for guest and wedding party. We are doing our group pics right after the ceremony-during this time we will have cocktail hour and entertainment.
Post # 12
Nearly all of the weddings I’ve attended in the last five or so years have had the ceremony and reception in the same location. Mine was like that. We got married on a dock at the venue, took photos, then walked up a little hill (or took the golf cart) to the reception. It worked out great and nobody got lost. 😉
Post # 13
Hi am doing this as it saved us 7k and I hate banquet rooms. When she told us we could keep the party outside I was like, hell yes, lol. I am also no having ceremony seating. Tables will already be set, saved 1.5k this way. It’s a large outdoor area and plan to have a photo booth and candy bar. There’s also a cocktail hour following the ceremony with passed appetizers and open bar to get people up and mingling.
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Post # 14
ThaiL: This is very, very common and very convenient. If you would like to go this route, do it! We did and it was awesome!