Post # 1
Hi everyone! This is my first post ever, though I’ve been reading and lurking here for a while.
We have booked a gorgeous community center for our ceremony/reception. The wall are covered with these beautiful murals, recently restored, painted by a local artist back in the 1950s. The community center is attached to a museum dedicated to this artist.
We are currently planning a short, late morning wedding ceremony, followed by a brunch-style reception. In between the ceremony and reception, I would like to send our guests on short tour of the museum. I think it would be a great opportunity for our guests to get to see a part of local culture, as well as a way for us to have time to transition the space from the ceremony to the reception.
What do you all think of this idea? We are going to pay for the tour, of course. It seems like a unique and creative idea, and I think it will be really neat and a nice alternative to having a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception where space is limited. I just want our guests to be comfortable, and I’m wondering if anyone sees anything about this that might make them feel put out.
Post # 3
We are getting married in an old museum/mansion, and we are offering guided tours during the cocktail hour. I’m so excited to have something a little different at our wedding!
Post # 4
I think it would be really neat! Personally, I’d rather a self-guided tour with a pamphlet or brochure than being in a big group struggling to hear the tour guide. A friend of mine got married at a museum and the guests were able to wander about taking it all in between the ceremony and reception and it was lovely!
Post # 5
We are having our wedding at a museum and doing the same thing during cocktail hour
Post # 6
Uhm that is awesome! Can I come to your wedding pleeeeeeease? 😉
Post # 7
I think that’s an awesome idea! I would agree that either small groups or self-guided might be preferable, depending on how many docents you have available.
I would suggest either a specific slow-moving group or a sit-down area for the older guests who might have more mobility problems (most museums have seats available somewhere for comfort but these may not be readily accessible from your start point).
Post # 9
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I’m really excited about offering this to our guests. I mostly just wanted to make sure I wasn’t overlooking some glaring faux pas about doing this. But knowing others are planning to do it as well makes me feel better.
Our wedding is going to be pretty small, but I will definitely check with the museum and see whether they can accomodate a couple of smaller groups or just to see what they recommend. We aren’t really going to have any guests with mobility problems either (my grandmother is more active than I am!), but I will check into that as well just in case. I believe the lobby area of the museum has some seating available and there are some benches just outside the museum as well.
Thanks again for all the feedback. I really appreciate it.
Post # 10
After much runaround with the museum in question, I think we are just going to book the museum for the ceremony and then have the reception in the adjoining community center next door. It is going to work out cheaper because the other way we were going to have to rent the community center the day before for set up and have the ceremony during the day when the museum was open – and also pay for the tour. Now we can have everything after hours and pay a flat rate for renting the museum, so we can just transition from one to the other, and our guests will still get the experience the museum as well without dealing with all the logistical problems of the tour.
I’m really excited about it, so I just had to share – even though this thread is a week old and I’m sure no one will check it.