Post # 1
Getting married next year and we decided to go the low energy way by booking a small restaurant for our reception. Considering doing an intimate ceremony there as well but just undecided. We wanted to get married April (because why wait!) which has a good chance of being rainy so outdoor options are hard to count on. I’m mostly curious on the flow if you do an intimate ceremony at the wedding reception site and how some of the other pieces fit together. I’d still like toasts, a first dance, etc. but it won’t be a formal sit down dinner. Help!
Post # 2
If you can find a restaurant that has a private banquet room big enough to accomodate your guests, you would be able to keep it all indoors. When you say it’s not a “formal sit-down dinner,” do you mean buffet line and only chairs, or…?
As far as having both the ceremony and the reception in the same place, you could either set up chairs as you normally would in rows for the ceremony and have a transition after that to tables with some set-up involved, or just keep your guests at the tables during the ceremony too keep it simple. I think it really depends on the capacity of the restaurant you would book.
Post # 3
May I ask why you dont want a sit down dinner if youre doing it at a restaurant? that seems odd?
Post # 4
We’re having tons of food but we chose a small venue that we love and it has to be set up as more of grab a plate and eat when you want – similar to a cocktail hour but people will be able to grab a full plate and a seat when they’re ready and can mingle and have a drink when they’re not. More looking at how to fit speeches etc. into the evening if you’re not having a set “meal time”.
Post # 5
Is this going to be a shorter event? You’ll still need enough seats for everyone, and its still easier to do assigned tables rather than provide enough extra chairs for a free for all (20% extra chairs if not doing assigned).
If its literally just 7-11, food is available, eat when you want, then I suppose you’d just do speeches whenever you felt like it. Perhaps at a set time, ie Food is “open” at 7, speeches at 8, cake cutting/first dance/whatever at 8:30. Then people can continue to mingle afterwards, head out, or dance if youre having that.
You’ll probably find if you’re doing the ceremony in the same place that people will just eat after. So, there IS a set meal time. So (ex) ceremony 630-7, food opens at 7, you’ll have people mingling and eating 7-9.