(Closed) Wedding Ceremony at the same venue

posted 8 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
4346 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Pros are that its super easy for guests. Cons are that you might have guests bothering you during pictures (if its during cocktail hour and they can see you they might try to talk to you, if its before the wedding they might have just arrived early and want to say hello). It can also be awkward if it is in the same room and it has to be “flipped” or guests are sitting at their dinner tables during the ceremony. If it is in different rooms at the same venue you avoid that problem though. Overall I think its a good thing as long as the timeline is well thought out (who is where and when, including early guests).

Post # 4
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My venue is an all-in-one. I chose this because most guests are out of towners and that it would be easier for everybody (and save us $$ on transportation costs!)..

The ceremony and cocktail hour will be outside, in different areas not too far from one another, and the reception, inside.

What asscherlover said about guests co-mingling with the bride and groom during picture time was sort of my concern as well, but I believe the venue DOC will keep them inside pre-ceremony while we’re out there (note to self- ask DOC about this)… As for the cocktail hour, well, who knows!

In my opinion, if that’s the worst thing I have to deal with on that day, I’ll be happy. 🙂


Post # 5
1434 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

I saw some wedding recap pictures were guests were watching during the “first look.” I didn’t know if I liked that, but I guess it could happen even with two different venues.

I agree with PP’s with the pros and cons. I want my wedding at the same venue because:

1. I want to work with a few different people and places as possible.

2. I’d prefer to keep everyone in one place. Less driving, less gas, less confusion about where to go, who’s early and late all over again, etc.

3. Less transportation of people and setup materials. No traffic jam getting in and out of two different places. It all just happens once at one place.

4. Continiuty for you, your guests and your photographer.

5. You can see your reception being put together (if you have time) and you’ll be there to answer questions or correct things.

6. No long lag for your guests to await you at the reception site.


1. Like PP said, flipping the space if it’s the same room, would require some carefully planned logistics.

2. Getting a moment alone with your new spouse might not be as easy, unless you get a car to drive you around the block or you steal away to another place on the property for a few moments.

3. If you do between photos, you might have an audience. Hopefully, you won’t have people who want to walk into your photos, or make you feel the need to include them in some.

If it’s DIY, I’d be sure to have a DOC, whether it’s a friend or professional, who is assertive enough to steer the guests where they need to be and keep them out of where they do not need to be. 

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