(Closed) one venue logistics

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
19 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

That is exactly what my sister did. She set up a few chairs for immediate family and then everyone else sat in their seat. They got to take a part of your special day and didn’t miss it cause you went to the Justice of the Peace. The only thing you might want to consider is a platform to raise you above the guest, just so people can see you better as you exhange your short vows:)

Post # 4
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve been to wedding where people sat at their tables for the ceremony, and that worked fine. (It didn’t look weird or anything).

Another option, depending on your time and venue, is to have the staff set up more traditional ceremony seating at one end of the venue, and have the ceremony there, then if you are having a cocktail hour, the staff could move the chairs to the tables for the reception. Obviously, this plan working would depend on your venue space/size, staffing and your reception plans.

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

We were married at the same location where the reception was.  When we arrived, they had chairs lined up in rows and we were married under the gazebo.  After the ceremony, everyone went to the lawn for appetizers and the staff came through and swapped the chairs for tables on the patio.  Can your venue do this for you somehow?

Post # 7
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree to either have the guests just sit at the tables or if there is a way for staff to change out the room without it being an issue to do that.  If it rains we are probably going to have the ceremony in the reception space since it’s very expensive for a tent.  We decided to just have guests sit at the tables if this happens.  This is partially though because we went to a wedding where we were all in nice rows for the ceremony, then after it was over we had to help move tables into the room and all move our chairs which wasn’t very fun for anyone.

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