(Closed) I could really use some help on this one……kinda long sorry!!!

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
9048 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ok… I’m trying to follow and answer all your questions here…

I would just not make the reception area open to the guests before the ceremony.  Just have some signage that the ceremony is “here” and they will go.  I don’t think most people would expect the reception area to be available before the ceremony, so it shouldn’t be an issue. 

I think you should put out at least some chairs.  Guests typically arrive early for ceremonies, so even 30 minutes is a long time for some elderly (or those who choose silly shoes) to stand. 

You are not insane.  It’s definitely doable, especially if you choose foods that can mostly be prepared ahead of time.  However, I would probably look at bringing in a caterer if your family isn’t REALLY excited about taking this on, and you could afford it.

You should elope if that’s what appeals to you 🙂

Post # 4
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Deep breath…

Since you’re having a 15 min. ceremony, have you considered allowing people to sit at their tables? I’ve heard pros and cons, but I’ve never been to a wedding like this myself. It’s just something to consider.

Have someone DOC for you. Maybe someone who is important to you who wouldn’t necessarily be a bridesmaid, but still have this important role to help transition.

My brother in law got married two months ago in a beautiful backyard by a pool. We all stood, and had drinks in our hands, and it absolutely did not detract at all from the ceremony. (And believe me, it was longer than 15 min.!)

Something as simple as adding an arch and outlining the “ceremony” area with flower petals might even do it.

Just relax and walk away from it for a day. It will come to you.

Post # 5
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree that some seating for guests would be a good idea but it could even be a few benches that you could turn into a lounge area after the ceremony or something like that? I don’t think you should open the bar but what about having something out for guests like trays of champagne or wine so there was something if that is the feel that you are going for. I would also vote against having the guests in the reception area.

Post # 6
32 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would make 5 tall posts(four 6 ft.and one 8 ft ) out of 4×4 wood posts with round plywood bases nailed to the bottom. Paint it all  with white gloss paint.Put the posts at each corner of the reception and one in the middle.Swag white tullle(really cheap stuff)from each post to the next post making a square and then from the center post to each corner.Decorate the poles with long ribbons hanging from each post or wowever you choose . This will define the area as a reception area and look like a tent but still have the outdoor feeling. Make a cute paper sign and attach to a lawn stake that says reception in front of it . At the entrance put some lawnstakes saying ceremony on them in the shape of an arrow and use them to lead the guests to the ceremony area.No alcohol before ceremony but maybe a lemonade and iced tea table at the entrance.Definately have seating. Get friends to loan you picnic table benches and line them up in a row end to end and cover them with fabric like a skirt.Hope this helps.

Post # 7
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think you need more help… go on craigslist you can find cheap servers or day of planners. I think that’s your best bet

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