Post # 1
I’m just wondering about the logistics of having my ceremony and reception in the same room. The plan was to have the ceremony in a church and the reception in a ballroom, but there was a fire at the church and we are no longer able to have the ceremony there. We’ve opted to have both at the ballroom. We were wanting to set it up with the tables on the sides and an aisle … no flip.
There will be cocktail hour immediately after the ceremony, followed by dinner and I’m just wondering how much should be set up during the ceremony, in terms of the buffet tables, bar, etc. And also, I need to figure out where we will stand. At the top of the room there is a large stand with stairs, and in front is a dance floor, so if we stood on the stage, we would have to walk over the dance floor to get there.
Post # 3
We are doing this too. Ceremony, cocktails and reception will all take place in a big ballroom. We are getting some drapery to help separate the room a little bit and break it up. Similar to this…
So basically the ceremony would take place in there and the spot where the photo is taken from will be our cocktail area. That will also be separated from the reception area as well (with closed drapery that will eventually also be opened like that above). This will allow for things to be set up in the reception area while cocktails are taking place and without guests watching the ‘set up’. Such as the lighting of table candles, setting up of the cake table etc (we aren’t doing a buffet, but that is when it would be set up if we were). I don’t know the shape of your room, but ours is long and narrow so its just being divided into thirds.
Does your venue have a day of coordinator? She should know specifically how much should be set up and at what points throughout the day.
Post # 4
I should add that unlike in the photos, our ballroom is just one giant room. No doorways like the photo above, So we will actually be creating ‘walls’ with the drapery, if that makes sense.