Post # 1
The ceremony and reception are in the same place and we are having a cocktail wedding reception. 80 guest. The reception will follow right after the ceremony. now there will be sits and tables scattered around the room. But Not assigned seating and not seats for everyone (cocktail themed) So should I just get my guest should stand? If i set up seats for the ceremony we wont have any time between the ceremony and reception to set up……..Unless i ask my guest to step outside for 10 min….. what should I do??????? I would like for everyone to sit but i dont no how to make time for the set up.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
try to get them out with a recieving line and maybe appetizers outside.
Post # 8
@MissHobbit: Theres no cocktail hour…… Its a cocktail reception no meal served.
Post # 9
@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
I’d be so pissed if I had to stand during a ceremony…
Post # 11
@DaneLady: +1 This is what I was going to suggest no moving!
Post # 12
@DaneLady: We wont be having seats for everybody. Its a cocktail reception with scattered seats and tables so during the reception people can mingle.
Post # 13
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
- 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
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
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?