(Closed) Need some advice.

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

My friend got married in a place where the ceremony and reception was in the same room.  For the ceremony, they just had chairs lined up, one aisle down the middle.  Since the space needed for the ceremony was smaller, the staff closed off half the room with velvet curtains/dividers. Once the ceremony was over, everyone was ushered out into the other half room for cocktails.  During that one hour cocktail, the staff was setting up the tables.  When they finally pulled the dividers aside, the room looked totally different! 

Post # 4
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Pipe and drape is definitely the way to go as Yach has posted above.

If you have another side area or side room you can use, that is also another alternative. Our ceremony and reception are also in the same room. Our option was to use the 2nd floor (which overlooks the area being set up) but that would be very loud and noisy with the vendors yelling and banging things against each other..Very anti-climatic to see the room being set up, too. We’re just going to use a side room and having the windows piped/draped to "unveil" the room when the draping is pulled back.   Hope this helps!

Post # 5
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

i think the lounge idea is pretty cool, espeically for a small casual wedding ceremony. i would worry though it might be distracting for your guests to be sitting at tables, getting "food anticipation" during your vows. depending on the length of the ceremony and the number of guests, maybe people could stand and form an aisle or a circle in the center part of the room for a very intimate ceremony.

Post # 6
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

A friend of mine was married in the same room she held her reception.  She had the same type of set up that you are describing, and it worked well.  Instead of an aisle down the center of the room, she was married on a small stage in the front of the room, and she approached from behind the stage with her dad, so that she and her groom were always facing the crowd.  It was very intimate and romantic!

Post # 7
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We’re planning an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception.  If it rains, the ceremony will be in the same room as the reception.  They set up chairs on both sides of the dance floor with the aisle in the middle (it’s a long, rectangular dance floor).  If they can’t fit enough chairs, people can stand or sit at the nearby tables.  The room will already be set up for the reception and the chairs from the ceremony will be moved to dinner tables during the cocktail hour.

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