Ceremony/Reception Same Room?! Pics

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I love itt!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We’re going to do the same thing. And I have seen it done. Is there space to move everyone outside for a bit while the room is changed? Just do that while you all take pictures. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

What a nice venue! My brother’s wedding was the same way, and it was lovely. There was a walkway in between the tables, so there was a still a proper entrance for the ceremony, which took place on the steps. This is a generic photo, it’s not from the wedding, obvi. 😉

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Meganquita :  That’s a great idea! Take them all out for a picture! 

 

I’m kind of having the same thing with mine, but I have more people! 

What I think I am going to have to do with mine is let them go outside (hoping for good April weather) or say hey bar is open at the back of the room, please give the crew room to make their flip. Not the most classy thing. But what can ya do? 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We had our ceremony and reception in the same space and it was totally fine. In fact a lot of people said they preferred that because less travelling! You have three main options:

– do a complete room flip. This is definitely require guests to go somewhere else while staff changes it from ceremony to reception. 

– completely set up the table with the dishes, centrepieces, etc. and then push them to the back out of the way. Set up the chairs for the ceremony where the tables will be. After the ceremony, it’s a minor flip and just requires moving some tables and the chairs. You can have guests go somewhere else or just stay in the room. Honestly, if they have the bar set up and some apples available, this is very little disruption for the guests since it’s just moving some tables and chairs. Everything else must be set up already and this assumes you have space to push the tables to the back. (This is what we did). 

– have the tables completely set up and the chairs at the tables. Have a bit of an aisle in the middle of the tables and turn the chairs facing the front. Everyone is seated at their own tables and watches the ceremony from here. No rearranging is required between ceremony and reception. I’ve been to a wedding like and it worked well. Just make sure the chairs are facing the front and is a somewhat logical location around the tables so that people can still see. Also, you can’t use high centrepieces since that’ll block vision during the ceremony. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Omg so glad I found this because I’m hoping to have a Santa Fe wedding and have been looking into venues where I can do this exact same thing. Following! 

 

Also– I played (music) at my friends’ wedding that had ceremony and reception in the same room. After they processed out of the room together, we asked people to take their chairs and set them in a specific spot to clear the way, and follow me outside for some wine! Then I moved myself and my guitarist outside to serenade/encourage guests to hang out there with us. It worked pretty well! Bride’s Mom, sister, and Aunt quickly got things set up, and everyone moved back inside. Some people tried to stay and help, which I think was actually fine. And some people kept coming in and out to get more drinks. But honestly, whatever. It’s not like people thought the room would just magically set itself up, ya know what I mean? So the turn around wasn’t awkward, and didn’t take too long with enough people involved. It was a more casual wedding though, just as an FYI. 

 

Hope that helps! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

We did this!  I was super nervous about it too, but the coordinator assured me that they did it successfully all the time and she was right — it turned out great.  For our space, most of the tables were set up and off to the left side of our ceremony spot, and then during the cocktail hour (which was on the patio) they cleared the ceremony chairs and the band set up in that area.

This is how the spaces looked – they were side by side but I don’t have a wide photo of all of it together.

Left Side of Room:

Right Side of Room:

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I was originally going to do the ceremony in the smaller ballroom same venue but found out photo location has a package slightly cheaper that includes the pic permit and all the legal stuff for the linsence so now i think we will do that.

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