(Closed) Cocktail Style Reception: Ceremony in same space, help with seating!!

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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 # 5
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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.


  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  arquelle.
Post # 6
178 posts
Blushing bee

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! 😉 

The topic ‘Cocktail Style Reception: Ceremony in same space, help with seating!!’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors