(Closed) Standing Ceremony? Reception and ceremony same place…..

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll:
    Stand up ceremony (have seats for elderly set up) : (6 votes)
    14 %
    ask guest to step outside while we set up reception : (13 votes)
    30 %
    have seats and just move them with guest there : (25 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    have everyone follow you outside after the ceremony, then maybe you could do your receiving line outside or just mingle with guests while the chairs get moved over quickly?

    Post # 4
    2390 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Can you put the coctail hour outside/in another room to allow for set up? That way, everybody gets a chair when they want and people won’t get bored waiting outside. 

    Post # 5
    1434 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

    The ceremony is happening in the exact same room?

    I saw a wedding on youtube. it was outdoors with at least 100. They set up the ceremoney seats and went ahead and took the time to then put the chairs at the tables. I don’t know how acceptable it is to ask the ceremony guests to walk their own chairs into the reception area. Is that a possibility? Some people might think it’s horrible to ask guests to do that. I don’t.

    This is the video of it, but I don’t know if it’s 100% in real time.


     Apparently, they had to clear the ceremony setup, put down tables, linens and chairs in the same spot. 

    Post # 6
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The venue for our ceremony/reception has a beautiful lawn and a gorgeous pavilion. We opted to have the wedding  in the pavilion, which is the same spot where they set up the cocktail hour. Not a problem, they only need 10 minutes to switch over, so we’re having a receiving line on the lawn. Boom. Problem solved.


    Post # 7
    698 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    try to get them out with a recieving line and maybe appetizers outside.


    Post # 9
    5474 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @beccanmatt08:  I went to a lovely wedding where the ceremony & reception were in the same room… basically they got married in the front of the room and all of the guests were already seated as they would be seated for the reception.  Nobody had to move, nobody had to stand, nobody had to rearrange chairs.  We went in, found our table, watched the lovely couple get married, then they came back in about 30-30 minutes later and dinner was served.  Easy peasy, and it was really nice too!  I didn’t have to stand in heels or try to balance my purse, my camera, my drink, and my food all at the same time.

    Post # 10
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d be so pissed if I had to stand during a ceremony…

    Post # 11
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @DaneLady:  +1 This is what I was going to suggest no moving!

    Post # 13
    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I stood for a wedding ceremony and it wasn’t bad at all. We kinda formed a semi circle, it was pretty intimate. Just make sure the ceremony is not too long.

    I also like the idea of having a receiving line outside with the guests while the everythings being set up.

    Post # 14
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    You should always make sure there is a seat somewhere for every single guest, cocktail reception of not. 

    Since it seems like the events are in the same space, I would just set up for the cocktail reception and leave it at that… but with a seat somewhere for everyone.

    Post # 15
    3 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am considering doing the same thing for my wedding and want to see what you ended up doing and how it went. We’re having the ceremony and reception in the same outdoor space and are renting chairs so people don’t have to stand during the ceremony. Dinner will be tacos and we’re going to have cocktail tables and some seating scattered throughout (but not enough for everyone to sit at the same time).

    Did you just move all the chairs out of the way while people got drinks? Did anyone say anything? Thanks!

    Post # 16
    3725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Is there space in your room to set up chairs for the ceremony that is out of the way from the cocktail area? I’ve been to weddings like this before. They have part of the room setup with chairs for the ceremony. After the ceremony, the guests are in the opposite corner and staff rearranges things fairly unbeknownst to the guests. Any hope in this approach?

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