- 4 months ago
- Wedding: July 2019
hello friends – i would love your input on the ideas of how to navigate ceremony / reception.
little bg: venue is a beautiful rustic barn (yes, I am on the barn trend) and has a grand stairwell with loft – very pretty Edison lights etc. it’s a newer-ish venue so there is lot basically left to my choice. we have the entire grounds for the weekend. there is a pretty bond and landscaping outside. our wedding is in July, in Michigan (let us pray for it not being the hottest day of the year)
This leads me to my ceremony options.
1. Outside. Seems very straight forward right? Here is my struggle. There is multiple areas to have it – right in front of the barn doors.. so the isle would be the stone walkway, we can have it by the pond and create our own walkway. The venue comes with tables / your basic chairs. We’d have to use the chairs from the ceremony, for the reception. (Unless I pay for extra chairs – which is an option – but it’d be from a different vendor .. so, not sure where we’d store the white chairs during the reception) Or we’d need to move them. I can easily recruited my younger brothers friends (not attending) to do this for some extra money, but how do I make it not hectic / tacky as all get up? We aren’t really having a cocktail hour persay as we are doing pictures before ceremony.
2. Inside. Let me say – I LOVE the idea of it inside. We’d have the (younger) guests upstairs looking down over the balcony and we could create an isle inside with the chairs so that nobody was seated at their table. We’d have someone bringing guests in and getting them situated (family in the isle chairs etc) and then barn door opens there our bridal party is. Hesitiatjon: tables would have to be pushed out of the way (or not set up yet) on the lower level. I think maybe.. four / five tables. Weather pending. We’d get married on the grand staircase and then we’d do the receiving line right outside the barn. Have cocktail tables set up w/ fruits + veggies + drinks. And the barn doors would close when everyone came out and we’d have people quickly flip the lower level to “reception” ready. ….. is this weird? Would people know to follow out?
Sorry for the long post – losing sleep over this.