Post # 1
Here’s the situation: The venue that I booked has an indoor hall and an outdoor area for a tent. I originally planned to have the ceremony in the hall, and have the reception outside in a clear heated tent. I guess I should mention the wedding is on New Year’s Eve, so it will be rather cold. However, the tenting price is out of control, and I am feeling guilty about it. Do ya’ll think it would be possible to forego a tent and have the ceremony in the hall, then cocktails outside in a covered area (we would use heaters) and quickly change the hall to be used as the reception. Has anyone ever done this? Please help!
Here is the link to my venue: http://www.cooperriverroom.com
Post # 3
I think it is possible. Check out this post about a smores roast. I think it would be a cool idea, especially since it will be winterish.
Post # 4
I know that it can be done at my venue. I’m planning an outside wedding by a gazebo, a cocktail hour on a covered proch, and then a reception in a covered pavilion. If it rains though, the ceremony will be in the pavilion, cocktail hour still on the proch, and then reception in the pavilion again. They will switch it up during the cocktail hour.
So the timing is possible. Not sure about the logistics of the guests outside in the winter though. Will the heaters be enough without something to hold the heat in?
Post # 5
The venue looks stunning!! The heaters really are key. Would you have to rent the heaters or will they be provided? Have you calculated the cost of additional heaters? How does this pricetag look in comparison to the tent rental? Tent rentals can be outrageous. One party supply company wanted to charge $5k for a tent. We found another company who would provide the same tent for $300! We just had to pay them a bit extra to drive an hour to the venue. As long as you can ensure that your guests will stay warm, it is not unrealistic to flip a room from ceremony to reception. I’ve seen it done beautifully and you can reuse decorations to save $. Best of luck to you!