(Closed) Wedding & Reception at the same location?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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fromsmithtodavis:  The food might create distraction but maybe you can use an elegant fabric to camouflage that area? As a guest, I NEVER liked having to go to two different places for the ceremony and reception. I especially cannot stand the long waiting period between the two. As a bride, I want to make sure my guests won’t suffer that horror. We will get married at the same location as our reception venue. Thankfully, it’s a big establishment so we won’t be in the same room the entire time. 

Post # 17
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We’re doing everything in one place as well. Our venue has a stage area that we’re going to be using for the ceremony, and the room will be set up for the reception. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about separating the buffet area while the caterer sets up, but our ceremony probably won’t be longer than a half hour or so. We like it because it means less transportation and we also don’t have to pay for renting and decorating two different venues.

Post # 18
1045 posts
Bumble bee

My first wedding was held in the gardens of a countryside restaurant/reception bldg. 

It worked out great. Our guests loved having everything in one place and not having to drive back and forth. 

Post # 19
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I am doing this, but we are getting married outside on a terrace, cocktail hour will be on the terrace too. Dinner and dancing will be held inside the actual building.  I really hate traveling from the ceremony to the reception at weddings, so I’m jazzed about this set up. I wouldn’t mind going or attending a wedding in the same room.

Post # 20
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We’re planning on doing everything in one place as well–we intend on a fairly short ceremony, basically just vows, so it seems ridiculous to spend a lot of time or money on having a separate space. We discussed having the room “flipped” and might still do that depending on what venue we go with, but honestly, it sounds like a bit of a hassle, and I imagine there are some extra costs associated with having the venue or caterer do that. One venue we really like, we would include a large curtain in the package to define the two areas (old textile mill). I haven’t been to a wedding where people are seated at their tables for the ceremony, but I also can’t imagine being offended by it. 

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