(Closed) Ideas/Advice for a same location ceremony/reception?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Caila:  our ceremony and reception site are at the same place as well. Tis was actually something we had to have when we were looking at locations! My ceremony is starting at 6 and after teh ceremony whle we are taking pictures, i am having a “cocktail hour.” They have a back porch like your location so i was thinking about doing mason jars of lemonade, tea, water, maybe some beer. Or just having cute little dispensers as a possibility too. 

Post # 5
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Caila:  i think the timing of the different parts has been different at every wedding I have been to. Our photog said 30-40 minutes tops for phtographs. I am doing little munchies as well during the cocktail Hour. i think you have the right idea!!

Post # 7
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Caila:  yep, very rustic! our location is in the middle of no where under all of these pretty oak trees and the i side receoption is very rustic as wel. Hope your planning goes well, let me know if you have any other questions, I would be happy to help!

Post # 8
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you have the right idea with your plan.

We’re also doing our ceremony and reception at the same place. Our ceremony is at 5:30 and will last max 30 minutes. Then we are having a cocktail hour from 6 until 7, while we take pictures (and hopefully come back in enough time to enjoy the end of it). Then dinner at 7.

For cocktail hour munchies, our caterer said to plan for about 3 hors d’oeuvres pieces/person. That’s enough that they get a taste, but not full before dinner. We’re also adding veggie+dip and cheese platters too, but that’s more to provide a wide assortment for people’s tastes than because I was worried about people being hungry.

In our case we’re doing the speeches at the end of dinner with coffee/tea, and then our first dance shortly after that. But, I have seen it where the first dance is before dinner, so really, do whatever you both want 🙂



Post # 9
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

My ceremony and reception are in the same place too! I wanted the “giddy” feeling that people sometimes have (ok well that I have) after a ceremony to transfer right into the reception. Also, i wanted to have a sunset ceremony. Therefore, I am choosing to do all my pictures before the ceremony, including having a first look, etc. It may be very very important to you that your Fiance doesn’t see you until you come down the aisle, so what I would do is try to have all other pictures taken before: the girls, your bridal portraits, Fiance and his men, any pictures with all the bridal party just together, you with his groomsmen, Fiance with your girls, etc. That would minimize the time that you need for pictures of you and your Fiance and you both with your bridal party!

I love the idea of a mini cocktail hour and lawn games for your guests 🙂

Post # 10
8692 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did something very similar. We did a first look and all the family/bridal party photos before the wedding. Ceremony was at 5:00, cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30/7:00ish with apps and open bar, during which we took more outside photos. Then dinner and dancing etc.

Post # 11
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We’re having our small wedding (RSVPs are looking like 40-45 people) at the same site with a changeover. Sort of. The ceremony is in the backyard of a Victorian B&B. The reception is in a tent on pavement right behind the back yard. The only thing we have to move are the chairs. The venu has outside lighting, and we’re lighting the tent with chinese lanterns and LED lights. Here’s a rough day of timeline.

(Bride & Bridesmaids take photos earlier, then groom & groomsmen take photos earlier, first touch photos)

4:15 PM Guests start arriving, Groom and groomsmen head to ceremony

4:25 PM Guests seated for ceremony

4:30 PM Bride walks, ceremony begins

4:50 PM Ceremony ends with recessional

5:00 PM Family Portraits, Groomsmen move chairs, guests enjoy cocktail hour

5:30 PM Complete bridal party photos, guests enjoy cocktail hour, Bride and Groom photos

6:00 PM Guests head to dinner and are seated

6:05 PM Bride and Groom enter reception, first dance

6:15 PM Dinner is open (buffet)


Post # 12
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

We did the same for my daughter’s wedding, but it was on the Bay in a beach town.

We only rented 50 chairs for outside, as many people wanted to stay on the decks and take pictures, and even with seating, people were moving around getting pictures.

Ceremony was at 5 (but started late,long story), and immediately after, the guests went on the deck where we had cocktail hour and a bar/bartender ready and waiting. The photographer took pictures of the families and Bridal Party while everyone was mingling, but the B&G still were able to greet everyone during the cocktail hour before going in for dinner.

Bridal Party made entrance shortly after 7 (did first dance and then opened the dance floor to all). Probably a half hour later, and before dinner was started , the Bridesmaid or Best Man & Maid/Matron of Honor made their toasts as everyone was seated.

The rest of everything else is done however you want it to be done. Parent dances, tossing of bouquet and garter,cutting of cake….you’ll need someone to announce those things and get people interested …usually the MC or DJ will do it.

As far as outside goes…we used lots of candles in deep holders, and some sashes on the back row of chairs, but when the sun went down, the venue had pot lights in the ceiling throughout, so we didn’t need to add anything else.


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