(Closed) Venue Dilemma

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
6226 posts
Bee Keeper
  • 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
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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 # 8
663 posts
Busy bee
  • 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.

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