Post # 1
my fiance and i are not religious. at all. therefore, we will not be having a church ceremony. chances are actually quite good that we will run off to the courthouse together for the actual legal wedding.
however, we need a ceremony. i personally couldn’t care less if we have one, but i know it means a lot to my parents so i will do it for them. probably a friend “officiating” and it will be short and sweet.
all that being said, how does doing a ceremony at a reception work? we have a very large banquet room for our reception with no good ceremony venues nearby. would it be strange for people to be sitting at their dinner tables for a ceremony? how else could we do it? thoughts?
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
anything outdoors won’t work for us. november in chicago = not depending on weather.
we are doing a cocktail hour, though, so perhaps “splitting the room in two” could be an option. they said the room seats 450, and we’re having 200 so in theory that could work…. hmmm.
Post # 7
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.