Post # 1
our location of a ceremony/reception hall has a dance floor side and a reception side in the same room.
were planning on using the “dance floor side” and our ceremony area and set up the chairs and have an isle. then after have the chairs swapped over to the tables
and then put out the center peices while this change is going on.
the thing im worried about is theres no “wall” to devide these areas more of just a floor change and pillars.
then after the ceremony we wanted to have the cocktail hour in the reception side, but im worrie the 100 chairs wont be flipped before the congrats and few photos after we walk out of the hall and have everyone follow out side i was thinking of hiring a few hands for this flip and to work the bar as its just a community hall and doesnt have “service” but for $500 for the weekend i cant complain
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
I second the group shot idea!