(Closed) using same space for ceremony as reception and cocktail hour?!?!?!?!?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are having our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at the same venue. The venue actually  has separate chairs (small white folding ones) for the ceremony, so we won’t have to worry about the swap. We will also most likely be doing our ceremony in the same area as the reception (one big room) because the weather in April might not be nice enough for an outdoor ceremony. The venue staff will quickly fold the white chairs while guests enjoy the bar & appetizers. I’m wondering for you if it would be too rude to ask the male guests to help themselves and their date bring chairs to their assigned spots? Also, why can’t the Centerpieces already be on the tables? Are the tables not being set up until after the ceremony? If you would like a pic of my venue to get a better idea for what ours will probably look like (set-up wise), let me know & I’ll hunt one down on the Internet. 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did this, and just had our GM/ushers move the chairs really quick while my new huband & I took pictures of the two of us. Then, they joined us with the bridesmaids to take a few more shots. We also didn’t have a wall separating the two, and I think it worked out very well. Let me see if I can dig up some pics 🙂

ETA: We did have cocktail hour in a separate area, which I think helped immensely (though this area was also not separated by a wall). Could you do a cocktail area outside? That way there will be more space to flip chairs.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re doing this too.  There’s a big room with the dance floor and we’ll be using the reception table chairs for the ceremony on the dance floor.  We will then have everyone follow us out into the foyer where the photographer try to take a group shot from above since everyone will be in one place.  This will hopefully give the venue people enough time to put the tables and chairs back in place in the reception/dance floor area.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is how my wedding will be, unless we hold the ceremony outdoors. We are still undecided on that. Our venue doesn’t have a staff, it’s all DYI, so I’m considering having the guests move the chairs themselves to the tables. It’s not that hard to move a chair!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second the group shot idea!

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