Post # 1
Hi bees. I need advice. I found a great venue in our budget that allows us to do what we want. Any caterer, booze is ok. Any dj, for the entire wedding weekend ((yay)). However the room is their ballroom, which is large but to have the ceremony and reception in this location we would have to “flip” the room during cocktail hour. My problem is that the rental does not come with a staff. Can anyone give me advice or info on how difficult this would be for us to do?? Thanks
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I think the easiest thing to do would be to have guests watch the ceremony from their dinner seats, and then all you would have to do is get rid of the aisle. Your altar could be where the DJ sets up, and then he can put his equipment there during cocktail hour
Post # 4
Do you have a sibling that has trusted friends you could hire for a couple hours? This is not something you want to worry about or have your close friends to do.
What about asking your caterer if you could hire his staff an extra hour to do that or ask if its included (my caterer was able to do it for me as part of the package)
EDIT: my vendors were outside staff and it was no problem to havethe caterer change it over. They spoke with the venue themselves to figure the what and wheres of everything. It was very smooth.
Post # 5
Eek, I definitely think that could be tough because if you’re bringing in outside staff, they may not be familiar with the venue, where you’ve stored stuff, etc.
IF you choose to do this, I’d plan to have a great day-of coordinator (hired or one of your friends who is seriously organized and bossy).
I’d also suggest looking at an entertainment company to do your DJ’ing. Mine is a more full-service company that does linens, decor, setup, teardown, etc. I bet they would have some suggestions on staffing for something like that.
I think it is do-able but requires a lot of pre-planning.
We’re doing ours in a ballroom but dividing off 1/3rd for the ceremony and the other 2/3rds for the reception using pipe & drape. It doesn’t sound like that would work for you though, not big enough?
Post # 6
@MeiFrancis: I like this idea too. It was something we seriously considered and I found some beautiful layouts (especially those using rectangular banquet tables) that would allow for it. It’s my backup plan in case every single guest accepts that we invited, haha.
Post # 7
Thanks for the feedback bees. FI’s cousin is an event planner so she is our coordinator. Im thinking we may use the dinner tables for seating. But without the centerpieces. I still want my guests to feel a ‘wow’ when they enter with our beautiful crystal tree centerpieces. Maybe that would work
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings
@missylw2000: Sooooo… I really dont like the idea of people sitting at their dinner table when you walk down the aisle and during the vows. Am I misunderstanding this? As a guest Id think it was bizarre. What is this, dinner theater? And what about those that seated with their backs to the “front”? Im going to have move my chair or twist around. This is not what I envision being done at a fancy/ pricy/ high end wedding. Im assuming you are going for this look since you said you want to”‘wow’ [your guests] when they enter with our beautiful crystal tree centerpieces”
Why not just have your coordinator take care of this? Hire some people to flip. Are you paying this cousin? Do you have a contract? If she is doing it out of the kindness of her heart watch out. Im sure you’ve read enough posts about family volunteering to help to know what Im getting at.
Post # 9
No we will be paying our coordinator and regardless of her being family she is very professional. However we have talked and decided to separate the ceremony/reception. This should make things easier. And the venue does have a smaller room we’re using for our cocktail hour. Ultimately i wajted to use 1 location as this would be easier. But i dont want to hire staff when I could just have the ceremony in a church. Thans for the feedback yall!