posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Personally, if I was not 100% happy with what a venue could offer me, i would NOT book with them….You are paying a LOT of money to them…I would expect them to accommodate ME not themselves….

Have you tried negotiating?

Our venue has a $500 ceremony fee regardless if it’s inside or outside (for set up and take down)….

Post # 5
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Could you get married inside, with chairs “normally” set up, then cocktail hour outside, so the venue could flip the room?

Post # 6
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I did what @Rebwana recommended, no tables were set up during the ceremony and the chairs were set up facing the windows (toward the water).  We had cocktail hour in another area of the venue, during which time the caterers set up all the tables and moved the chairs for the reception.  It worked out perfectly.

Post # 8
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@smcs28:  I agree. I would discuss with them the options available and the costs. Our reception fee was $750.00 regardless of where it was located.


To set up the entire reception area during a cocktail hour is a bit crazy depending on your decor choices. Most venues set up the linens and decor before hand so you might be looking at some hefty additional fees IF they eventually agree to it.

I don’t know your budget so I can’t speak for you but I am all about a change in scenery when it comes to ceremony and reception. I love the idea of not having it in the same place personally so I would opt for the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. I just think it makes it a bit more special to have guests change their locations and see something new.




Post # 9
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’ve never been to a wedding where the ceremony and reception was in the same room so logistically i’m not sure what it takes to set-up a room.  i know that the set-up of my reception room started about 7-8 hours before the actual reception.  my photographer stopped by to drop off his equipment and said everyone was setting up (florist, dj, venue staff..)  to get tables, linens, dinnerware, centerpieces, lighting, sound system, and everything else must take longer than one hour.  where would you have cocktail hour?

maybe if you have the ceremony earlier in the day and then have the reception later in the evening it might work out but i’m one of those folks who are not a huge fan of long gaps.  my ceremony was on the balcony, then the cocktail hour was in the club house lounge area, and the reception was in the ballroom. the ballroom was set-up earlier but the doors remained closed.  if you’re trying to get a sense of ceremony costs, i paid $2,500 and we had the reception at the same venue.  i think this went towards the chair set-up, chuppah set-up, and champagne toast?

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