(Closed) Reception and ceremony in the same room

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Is there another space for your guests to go into (eg a bar?). I’ve been to many weddings using the same room for ceremony and reception, basically they kick you out of the room for the drinks reception while the staff turn the room round and put out tables. If it’s good weather is usually outside in the gardens, if it’s bad weather it can be in a bar/hallway space.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Flipping the room is a lot of work, if you don’t have staff doing it I wouldn’t recommend it then. Can you screen off some of the room? User the but nearest the door for the ceremony, and screen off the other half for the tables? I think the setup tables would look a bit odd just chilling out at the back of the ceremony, and the space would look half empty

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

We did it. We had approx 85 guests, and staff moved the table/chairs and my brothers and their gf’s set up the table decor. It took about 30 mins while guests were served canapés and cocktails. Totally doable and definitely for 50 people it will be fine

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

It looks like a big space so for you I would have the tables at the back ready to go, and the chairs in rows at the front for the ceremony.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I attended a wedding like this where they had long rectangular tables set up with chairs on either side, and the guests sat at the tables and turned their chairs to watch the ceremony (no seating chart). After the ceremony, the tables were scooted closer to the walls (with assistance from the groomsmen/ushers) to make room for a ‘dance floor’ area in the middle, but still had room to sit so we could eat. We stayed in the same room the whole time. I think it’s very doable!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

My wedding and reception were in the same room. Literally everything was set up before the wedding: tables and chairs, linens, center pieces, plates and glasses, etc. People sat their asses at their assigned tables, swiveled some of their chairs around, and looked at the front of the room. When the wedding was done, they were already at their tables and everything was good to go. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m having my ceremony and reception in the same room. The staff at the venue will change the layout after the ceremony, while we have photographs, and there’s also a public bar people can use and hang out in.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’ve been to a wedding where it was set up similarly, everyone just sat at their table and turned their chairs to see the ceremony. It was perfectly fine and didn’t seem odd at all.

If you do have enough room, I think it would also be fine to set up the tables behind and the chairs in front. And then after the ceremony, move the chairs to make room for the dance floor.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i went to a wedding that only used one room.  the ceremony was in the space.  then everyone was kicked out in the the lobby to stand around for 30 minutes while we waited for cocktail hour and the reception.  it honestly, was terrible.  the cocktail hour should have started in the lobby or they should have put up a dividing wall so the guest could access the bar nad start cocktail hour while the staff worked on the room.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We had an outdoor ceremony in January and our backup plan was to use the reception space and have people stand around the dance floor and get married ‘in the round’ with chairs for the elderly/sick/pregnant. It wouldn’t work for a long ceremony but it does solve the same room problem. 

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