Post # 1
Hey bees! So, my FH and I have decided on Mercury Hall in Austin, TX for our 11/4/2012 wedding. Yay!!! After an entire year of searching Las Vegas, Florida and Texas, we finally found the perfect location. However, we are having an indoor and outdoor wedding and would like some suggestions of how to transition. We will have our ceremony under two trees outside and then move to the gravel area of the venue to have dinner. Next, we would like to have dancing etc…but were wondering how to incorporate the indoor area of the venue. Should we go inside for cake cutting and bouquet toss? Then everyone would have to go back outside to eat the cake and then back inside to dance more! Should we just eat outside and have our first dance outside then move everyone inside to dance? Help! Our DJ said he can’t do two setups and that dancing would have to be in one place. So, should we just have another speaker setup for cake and bouquet and then everyone go back outside to eat cake? Will that just look like a cattle call with everyone rushing through the doors?
Post # 3
Welcome to the Hive!
I’m not from your area so I’ve never seen the venue in person but I did a quick google search and it looks stunning!
Are you renting a dance floor that can be placed anywhere or are you using the inside for dancing? If you’re using the inside for dancing, I don’t see why you can’t have the cake cutting and first dance inside and then some people might stay inside to dance while others can roam about.
Post # 4
I went to a wedding that had a similar set up (not far from ya’ll actually!) The cocktail hour and bar area were inside where the band and stage were (so where the dancing was also going to take place) and the dinner was outside in the area behind the building… They didn’t do a formal “everyone watch” cake cutting, but the cake was in the room with the bar and dancing…
Once everyone ate they basically hung out inside and watched everyone dance and drank and had a great time, the one thing I reccomend is having a few tables and chairs INSIDE (even if it’s cocktail tables and just random chairs for people to sit in) because most guests will want to be where the party is but not all of them are going to want to stand around in heels or older guests won’t want to stand for hours watching the party. But I think the key to making that work is having the BAR inside as well, that’s the real draw to get people inside, the music is a bonus. 🙂
Mercury Hall is an amazing venue! I would have picked it myself if I had the chance! 🙂 Congratulations!
Post # 5
@MapleMoose: I would get a dance floor for the outdoor area IF we decided tI do our first dance before dinner. If not, I’m thinking we should have dinner and toasts outside and then cake and dancing inside. We won’t have enough seats inside for everyone to eat cake inside but I don’t see a problem. The DJ could ask everyone to join the bride and groom outside to eat cake!
Post # 6
@o0olibelulao0o:Thanks so much! I think you’re definitely right about the bar. So, I’m thinking eat outside and then go inside for dancing. If we do it this way, should our first dance be after dinne inside? Is that ok to do a first dance after dinner?
Post # 7
We had something similar, this is our our day went:
5pm – Ceremony outdoors
5:30-6:30 – Cocktail hour indoors (also had an outdoor courtyard area, but that was outdoor area #2 I guess!)
6:30-9 – First dance, dinner, speeches – Outdoors under a tent adjacent to the ceremony area
9-2 – Dancing and late night buffet – Indoors – Our MC announced to everyone that we would be moving which was great because it was raining and the tent rental company hadn’t left us walls for the tent, so a few guests were getting a bit damp! It gave the older guests a chance to duck out without being noticed too.
We had a dance floor outside (we were supposed to do some dancing out there, but everything ran a little late, so that got axed) but it got wet with the rain, so honestly, we could have lived without it and save the couple hundred dollars. We could have just danced on the concrete that was there. Ah well.
Post # 8
Thanks so much! That sounds like what we will be doing. Did your DJ have 2 setups or did he just have extra speakers and a wireless mic?