(Closed) Oh goodness

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Is a ceremony/reception at same place and room a bad idea? Please Explain
    YES!! : (3 votes)
    12 %
    It could be, but it could be cute : (4 votes)
    15 %
    NO WAY! : (10 votes)
    38 %
    Not really. It depends. : (9 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We had our ceremony and reception in the garden at our location.  What we did was to bring everyone out front for a few minutes to say hi to us so that the chairs and everything could be switched out for tables and the food could be brought out.  It wasn’t a problem at all having them in the same place but you should probably get the majority of pictures done before the ceremony since you don’t have a lot of time to leave guests waiting in between the two.

    Post # 5
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think inside would be fine though as long as you can get everyone out of the way for a bit so they can do the switcheroo.

    Post # 7
    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I think it’s a great idea & I’d do it myself except that both sets of parents insisted on a full Catholic mass.

    Friends of mine did this in August & I realized how great it works out. Everyone hung out in the cocktail area before & the ceremony was held in 1/2 the ballroom walled off. When it was over, everyone went to cocktail hour and the staff turned the 1/2 of the ballroom back into reception space.

    I also realized that since her ceremony & reception were all in the same place & back to back – she really lucked out in having a perfect set-up for photography. She had her photogs for 2 hours before for pre-wedding photos & everything was right there, so they didn’t have to pay extra for travel, overtime or anything.

    As long as you like the way your venue can set it up, I say go for it.

    Post # 8
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think having the ceremony and reception at the same location is totally fine; but I’m biased, as that’s what we’re doing. I also think doing it all in one room would be fine.

    Are you having any sort of cocktail hour? If so, perhaps you could have the ceremony seating set up in rows beyond the tables (near to the lamps, in your pic), and have your ceremony there…then have everyone move into the other area (where the tables are) and have cocktails while the staff sets up.

    Another idea is just to have everything set up for the reception, have everyone take their seats at the table, then have the ceremony up by the lamps, and everyone sitting at tables for the ceremony. I’ve seen that done once and it was definitely fine. No clean-up involved in moving chairs around.

    Your space lends itself to having an aisle run right up the middle of the room too – between the tables. Maybe put down an aisle runner for the ceremony, which could then be taken up for the reception?

    Post # 9
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I think it will be cost and hassle saving.  We did it and it worked very well… Granted ours was in the great outdoors, but the ceremony and reception were about 100 yards apart 🙂

    Post # 10
    7519 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We are having our ceremony and reception in the same room.  I think its gonna work out just fine.

    Post # 12
    2204 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think it could work well!  Just make sure you have a crew of helpers that can transform the place quickly.  I think it will save you lots of hassle!

    Post # 13
    4566 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    One of my coworkers had a wedding where they had pre-ceremony cocktails and appetizers, and then the ceremony started. It was nice because no one had to drive from one place to the other, and they got to get started right away with the party! They all just sat at their tables for the ceremony, too, so it was kinda cool. The only thing I would worry about is that people have an outside area they can go to if they start feeling trapped. I know that if I’m in one room for a long time, I start getting restless and wanting to leave!

    Post # 14
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Whoops, i voted yes by accident. I meant to say that it’s fine, many venues are set up to handle this. We both aren’t religious and were originally going to have the ceremony and reception in the ballroom but changed our minds and are having the ceremony at a church. You just have to get guests out for cocktail hour for the changeover.

    Post # 15
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are having everything at one venue- outdoor ceremony, indoor reception.  Seeing as many of our guests are unfamiliar with the town, I think it will make things a lot easier on them.  I agree with pp, just make sure to have a good crew to turn the space around and have something for the guests to do while things are being set up.

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