(Closed) Small Wedding Ceremony & reception in same room thoughts??

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sounds absolutely perfect 🙂


Post # 4
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@candice90:  That sounds just fine. Long, drawn out weddings are kind of a drag. Your plan sounds easy and convenient for your guests, and doesn’t put you and your SO in the spotlight if you’re not comfortable with it. You’ll read a lot on the Bee about the details of big weddings that drive brides to insanity and causes them to lose friends and family members in the process. Your day should be relaxed and enjoyable. 

Post # 5
3763 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sounds fine! It’s important that it represents the couple, and it sounds like it does! You don’t want to feel uncomfortable on your own wedding day!

Post # 6
38 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sounds perfect. We’re doing a similar thing. Our venue has one main hall that is beautiful. There are two extra, smaller rooms, and technically we could have the ceremony in a different room, but they’re not very photo friendly rooms and we’d have to either rent extra chairs or somehow get the ceremony chairs out of the ceremony room and over to the reception room, because we wouldn’t have enough for both. 

We have a DJ for the entire evening (ceremony and reception). DJ starts at 4:00 while guests are seated. Family begins being seated around 4:20ish. Processional starts at 4:30 and ceremony should be over by 5:00. Our buffet and bar are located in one of the extra rooms, so we’re starting a cocktail hour at 5:00. We’ll walk up the aisle and out of the hall to form a receiving line outside of the main hall in the other room where the bar/snacks will be set up. This will hopefully hurd the guests out of the main hall and toward the bar/snacks. We’ll sneak off for about an hour to take photos while guests are entertained with snacks, drinks, and cocktail hour music. We have a day-of coordinator who will slide our unity candle table out of the way, and move our sweetheart table to the front of the room. The guest tables will stay on each side of the “aisle” which is pretty wide for an aisle but will also serve as a dance floor for the reception. 

We’ll come back at 6:00 to be introduced and start the reception. We get introduced, share our first dance, then the buffet opens for dinner. When everyone has gotten their food, we’ll have the toasts, then cut the cake, and share special dances with our parents. Then we’ll have an open dance floor until 10 p.m. (the time our venue requires the music to stop), with bouqet and garter tosses mixed in at some point. 

My mom didn’t really like the idea of doing everything in one room, but it works for us. And, it sounds like it’s the best choice for you, too. It keeps things simple, less logistics of moving from one venue to another. 

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