Post # 1
Hi! So, I’ve read on here some people with similar problems, but none just exactly like mine. Maybe someone can help me… We are getting married at a country club, and having the reception in the same room. I don’t want the ceremony to have tables – just traditional with the chairs in rows, like a normal ceremony. It will only take the country club 10-20 minutes to “flip” the room, provided the tables already have silverware, linens, decor, etc… on there.
My question is, what do I do with the guests for that 10-20 minutes? I don’t really have another room for a “cocktail hour.” The club won’t set up another bar for me for that either. So… I basically need a 15 minute distraction for my guests… Any ideas?
Also, there is another wedding going on same time, same place, outside on that day… so I can’t really take over that with my wedding… Thoughts, ideas?
Post # 3
Could you guys walk outside and have bubbles blown at you or something? Maybe that will be a distraction for the guests….? Not sure, sorry.
Post # 4
Could you do an outdoor cocktail hour?
Have a few high tops, a table with finger food & premade cocktails in pitchers so that they could serve themselves, maybe some beer & wine.
I had a freind who had this same scenario – it took them 2 hours to turn over the room, while we all waited next door. I felt bad for them. Where would they put the tables with all the stuff on them so that they wouldn’t have to do that between? Is there room?
Post # 5
What about getting a group wedding shot. My friend did this but it was after her reception. It was kind of cool to have everyone in one photo
Post # 6
I’m not sure I understand how they could move the tables if they already have all the place settings and decorations on them. Wouldn’t everything slide off/get messed up during the lifting, shifting, etc? Especially if they are rushing to do it in 10 minutes…I would suggest an outdoor cocktail hour, as well. I don’t really see how they could do it that quickly.
Post # 7
@soon2bmrsjarmon: I have a similar set up. This is the only option I have as its the venue’s normal protocal. When chosing my venue I asked to speak with some of their past wedding clients b/c of this issue. Believe it or not – – after speaking with wedding planners, brides, photogs, who have worked at this venue its so smooth and guests won’t really even notice. They’ll be sipping on their drinks enjoying their cocktail hour munchies, etc… If the country club does this often I wouldn’t worry…If you are worried do they have a list of satisfied clients who have also a room flip that you can speak with – maybe getting their feedback will help you!?!?
Post # 8
I really like the idea of a group shot for 2 reasons 1. It would be something really nice to have and 2. It takes about 15-20 min just to get everyone in place to take the picture.
Post # 9
We had the same thing. We had everyone come outside and greet us (a receiving line) and then we had waiters bring the appetizers out so that people could eat while standing on the lawn.