Post # 1
So, there may be threads on this that I’ve just been unsuccessful in finding. My apologies- I’m new here!
I’m very interested in having the ceremony and reception seamlessly combined. Perhaps a pre-wedding cockatail hour, (at which I would do the bedeken and perhaps ketubah signing elements as this is a Jewish wedding). Bride and groom exit. Then all guests would be seated at tables around the chuppah and we would serve some appetizers… then enters the bride for the ceremony!
After the glass stomping and the mazal tovs we would all start into the main course and the dessert could be more buffet style to get people up and moving for the dance/party part of the reception. But this is 100% the same loction and no “transitioning the space”.
Has anyone done this? Am I crazy? (I’ll be past 30 when my wedding happens and this is the groom’s second wedding so it’s not going to be a huge crowd. Moderate and a little modest. I’m TOTALLY okay with “nontraditional”.)
Post # 3
My cousin had a wedding in an old theater and all guests sat at the same tables for both the ceremony and reception, it was convenient and gorgeous! I didn’t think it was weird at all — most of my family commented on how easy it was and how much they liked it.
I am struggling with this one, we are having a barn reception and I am seriously considering having the ceremony inside too — although I’ve always dreamed of an outdoors wedding. It would just be SO much easier!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
hm, I haven’t seen it done before, but the way you are describing it, it sounds like it could definitely work
Post # 5
I’ve been to a wedding sort of like what you describe. There was a cocktail hour first. Then the ceremony in one room. Immediately at the end of the ceremony the guest entered the room next door and the reception began. It worked out great. I think everyone really liked it.
I say definitely go for it.
Post # 6
I would love to have our ceremony/reception coordinated this way….We are Jewish too, b/c we’re handling all of the transportation and there are a couple different times people will be arriving at the venue – we will have wine being passed around. My dad has already commented on the fact that we can’t do that b/c no one will have said the Kiddush…OY….I love your idea!!!
Post # 7
Thank you for all of your encouragement!
Hmm… I hadn’t thought about Kiddush… isn’t there a glass of wine at the Ketubah signing? So could that kick of the cocktail party? Is it weird to have my bedeken in front of the whole party?
I just like that the guests don’t even have to get up from their seats from the ceremony to start dinner. It all started with this picture. (It’s from the Disney weddings website because my Boyfriend or Best Friend is a huge WDW fan and really pushing for a Disney wedding.)… now let’s see if I can successfully add a pic. Sorry for the low quality image…