Post # 1
So I am having a winter wedding, in an industrial looking/warehouse type space. It’s a restaurant on the river that is very large with lots of open windows etc, and the perfect venue for us. We are getting married at night (7pm) with a cocktail style reception shortly after. We are having about 80-90 guests and will have scattered cocktail tables and about 60 -70 seats. The venue is beautiful (will have lots of white hanging twinkle lights etc), and it would be hard for guests to commute from a ceremony to separate reception space in the middle of winter. The big problem I am having is how do we set up seats for the ceremony and transition into a reception immediately after? it seems logistically impossible….
Anyone have any adivce??
The only other option would be to get married in the early afternoon, and start the party at 730. Since it is a cocktail reception there won’t be a full meal, just open bar and lots of hors d’oeuvres. Having a ceremony at a separate location at say 6.30 with reception at 730 different location doesn’t seem appropriate since we aren’t serving a full sit down dinner.
This topic was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by KB87. Reason: Title
Post # 2
I should add, the other reason that I stress that it is winter, is that it’s not like we can go outside to do a receiving line or something…
Post # 3
KB87: What if instead of cocktail tables you have regular tables with seats set up around them. Then people will just sit at their table for the ceremony. Afterward they can stay there or move around and mingle just like people do at any wedding. Easy peasy, no transition needed.
Post # 4
Daisy_Mae: Thanks for the advice Daisy :). My only reservation about doing this is that it would take away from the casual aspect we are going for… I want it to feel like a New Year’s Party, lots of mingling, champagne etc., not so crowded with tables.
Post # 5
I’m doing the same thing. Have you talked to a caterer yet? I am getting married in October by the lake – we want the ceremony right next to the lake and then go directly into cocktails at the actual venue space – which is acuatlly the same location, just like 50 feet away. The caterers I have spoken to said they will put chairs down for the ceremony and then move the ones they need up to the tables. The guests will (hopefully) be milling around and getting drinks – it’s not like they expect to sit down immediately after the ceremony. We will have some high tops and some low tops with chairs – so the chairs will have dual use. We’ve also been considering having our guests stand for the ceremony, since it will be short and we don’t have anyone coming that would need to sit.
Post # 6
Daisy_Mae: I like this idea! OP, you don’t need to lose your casual feel if nstead of doing “proper dinner tables” you do something like lounge seating. Arrange low “coffee tables” with chairs and benches in a large semi-circle and then do your ceremony in the center of the room? Everyone will have a comfy place to sit and there’s no awkward transition! 😉
Post # 7
Mrs.BigBear: Daisy_Mae: actually I could see that, High and low tables.