Post # 1
Hey bees! So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in regards to our ceremony and reception. At first I just couldn’t picture myself not getting married in a church, but the more I think about it, the more I’m considering having the ceremony at the same place as the reception. The reception venue that we are choosing to go with is pretty much a blank slate, they provide tables, chairs, serving bars, candelabras, arch, (you get my drift lol) but then you are responsible for decor and setup which I’m pretty excited about.
My concern lies in the venue not having a separate space for the ceremony, meaning the food would be in the same room during the reception. There’s a kitchen of course, but the setup of the food would be out and covered. I wonder if this would be a distraction for the guests? Personally, it doesn’t bother me and wouldn’t bother me if I was a guest at someone else wedding. Also, the convenience of the wedding being a one stop shop is kind of amazing and only having to worry about decorating one place is amazing as well lol.
I guess I’m just looking for your opinions when it comes to things like this. Would you consider it a distraction? Would you prefer the ceremony to be in one spot and the reception in another? Am I just over thinking this? I hope I’m not rambling. Thanks, ladies!!
Post # 2
I worked at a venue that would have to do this in inclement weather. We turned all chairs forward to the dance floor, where a few lines of chairs were set up for family to be seated in. Just by turning the chairs (even though they were still by the tables) it looked most assuredly set for ceremony. I never noticed the food, cake etc being set out already. I’ll be doing the same thing- letting my guests sit at their tables while we walk in. I’ll have a small aisle and a brief ceremony so when we switch into reception mode we won’t actually have to move anything. The only issue we had was when the bride and groom chose to kick everyone out of the hall to an outside covered veranda so the staff could rearrange tables to get rid of the aisle and reset for reception During cocktail hour. It was complicated and unnecessary!
Post # 3
Perhaps choose a different venue? Many venues will do both a ceremony and a reception at the same location but different areas or rooms. Also, did you want the same theme/feeling at the ceremony as the reception? I wanted my ceremony more of a solomn feel and the reception to be a party which would be hard to do without a screen or some sort of divider.
Post # 4
I’m actually strongly considering this for my wedding. The reception venue is stunning and has a very large open area in the center of all of the tables for a dance area. We’ve considered just doing the darn ceremony there since it’ll probably only be 10-15 minutes and making everyone move after such a short time seems silly.
Post # 5
I’m having everything at the same place! On Friday We are having a bridal shower, after the shower we do the rehearsal, Saturday we do the ceremony, after that, pictures, after that supper and then reception.. All at the Same place!! Mine is a fenced park with a nice old building there.. (Will be seated outdoors, if need to be we can move inside due to the weather) the park area had a gazebo for us to get married in, then a few metres away it has a big square for us to set up tables.. We will be having fire pits at night if there’s no fire ban!!! For the whole wedding day it was $800 + tax and for friday afternoon and evening it was $400…
Post # 6
We are having our ceremony and reception in the same room as well! However, we are having a cocktail hour in-between. So basically right after the ceremony, all guests will head into the lobby area while the golf club “flips” the room over for the reception. Would this be an option in your venue? Could the food stay in the kitchen during the ceremony, and then be set up while you host a cocktail hour in the lobby (is there a lobby for your venue)?
Post # 7
I think this is fine and as a guest, I GREATLY prefer having everything be in one place. It definitely outweighs any concerns about food being in the room or anything else like that.
Post # 8
It was a must for us to have our ceremony and reception at one venue, but we had two different spaces. I didn’t want the ceremony in the same room as the reception, but if it doesn’t bother you then go for it. It is a lot easier to just have to deal with one place on many levels.
I went to a wedding that did have the ceremony and reception in the same room and it was fine. All the guests went to a separate space while they turned the room over. It was a very nice wedding.
Post # 9
I think this is brilliant!!! I loathe having to travel between cermony and reception, it just isn’t done that often in my circle. Plus, like you said, you only have to decorate one place. I saw another bride on here months ago post a recap and they just had the round tables placed in such a way that it created an aisle. They used the dance floor as a ceremony space. I think its a great idea and you should talk to the venue more about your options so you get every idea available to you!
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2016 - Cinema Ballroom
I’m having my ceremony and reception in the same place! Our church meets in a school gym and we didn’t want to just use a random church to get married in. Plus saving $$ on two venues is a huge thing for us, too. We’re seating the guests at the tables for the whole ceremony! I researched it a lot and everyone said the convenience way outweighs any oddness – and from what I saw it’s not that uncommon! My goal is to make things as simple as possible for my guests, and not having them have to drive around trying to find a reception site in the middle of winter was a plus!
Post # 11
We had 2 rooms at the same venue so had the ceremony upstairs, then went downstairs for cocktail hour and photos while they reset the room for the reception. Loved it, no transport to worry about! And it was right next to the hotel. 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve seen this done a venues where pipe and drape have separated the areas. Is renting that a possibility, or is there insufficient space to do that?
Post # 13
Thank you ladies!! I think I’m going to go ahead and keep it all at one place! This is the best picture I could get of the venue lol…but there is a lot of space in it, I believe there is only one space for the ceremony, but it’s so beautiful once it’s decorated.This picture makes it look small but there is SO much room in there! Even with tables set up on both sides! I don’t care for this color scheme, I’ll be chosing darker colors for everything. And you can kind of see the front nicely decorated for a ceremony. I think it will be a huge hit and the huge kitchen will be a plus as I’ll ask the caterer to wait until after the ceremony to set up everything!
Post # 14
I think it will be fine. The convenience of having it all in the same place is really nice. No worry about having to clean up 2 different venues or getting them both set up. I don’t think the food will be much of an issue. We had ours in the same location, and the tables were set up, but I don’t think the food was yet. All the chairs were set up to face the opposite direction of those tables and I don’t think anyone even noticed. People will be focused on you. I doubt they’ll be worried about the food.
Post # 15
You’re absolutely right. I have a tendency to overthink things and I know that everything will be just fine. Plus the less stress I can manage to have that day, the better. Just having to worry about one venue is perfect for me and Fiance. Plus I have family that are Jehovah’s witnesses and they don’t really like the idea of being in a church so it’s a great opportunity to have my whole family together!