ceremony + reception in same place?

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ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 4, 2007 1:02 PM

ok, here's my first topic.....i've still got A LOT of time (6/13/08) before the wedding, but it's never too early to get ideas!

My FH and i are NOT religious, we are not getting married in a church, we are having one of his friends get his master of ceromonies thingies and he's gonna marry us.

i'm trying to find a place that will do both the ceremony and reception in the same place, because i always get annoyed with the leaving and driving and waiting as a guest, and i just think it would be easier.

but then, how to go about the entrance as Mr. and Mrs.?

i figure i'm probably gonna save money doing it like this, between package deals venues may have to the cost of the limo....

just wanted some opinions/personal expierence/ideas.....thank you ladies!

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kelleyiskelley Posts : 11,590 Registered: 7/2/06
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 4, 2007 1:21 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

Hi and welcome! My wedding two months ago was exactly like this, and it was AWESOME. We found a venue that did EVERYTHING for us.... ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, flowers, cake, meals, linens, etc... and it was all included in one price. Very convenient. And we didnt need limos or anything since it was all there, like you said, no driving to other location. Where are you located? We got maried on Long Island NY at the SanSouci in Sea Cliff. Dont know where you are, but I totally recommend them. There are TONS of places that will do this however... i have been to weddings at nice hotel chains like Marriotts and Hiltons, and they just made one room out to look like a ceremony chapel, then cocktail hour is in a diff room, recpetion in a third.Hotels are great options because your guests can stay there, and then just go downstairs for the ceremony/reception, everything.  thats how ours was set up too... ceremony was in one room, then everyone moved to a diff. room for the rest of evening. The entrance as Mr and Mrs is still the same... normally these places have a Bridal Suite where you two hang out immediately after the ceremony so you can have your grand entrance at the beginning of the reception. We also, like you, had my mom be our Officiant and it was really amazing. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceemony was and how personal.

Let me know where youre located and if  you need any help.


Kelley Lynn:)

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myra Posts : 5,550 Registered: 3/28/06
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 4, 2007 2:24 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

Kellylynn is totally right. I, too, favor once place over two, unless the couple absolutely wants to have the ceremony in a church. The flow of the event is so much smoother when you do it all in one place. So, as you begin to view venues, imagine your even taking place there and imagine how you'll use the available spaces. Will you have to reuse a space, say, for ceremony and then for dinner? If so, where will guests go in between and how will breakdown and set-up take place (I went to one wedding where this whole thing took almost two hours, while 250 guests were herded into a crowded space with almost no food!) It's preferable if guests can move from one space to another with no repetition, but a good hotel or caterer can accomplish chanovers quickly and efficiently. Also, imagine where you'll be and what you as a couple will want--do you want to mingle with guests? Hide out before your "grand entrance"? If so, where will you be? Will you be taking photos? Where--and what will guests be doing in between.

The more you look around, the more these "flow" issues will become clear to you and help you to make your decision.

myra at www.classysassyweddings.com

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 4, 2007 2:40 PM Go to message in response to: myra

We are getting married in June and we are having the wedding and reception in the same place. When the guest arrive our venue will be set up for the wedding ceremony, then immediately after the ceremony we are going to do a butterfly release outside. The butterfly release will get everyone out of the venue and outside so that the wedding planner and servers can turn the room around and set it up for our reception, which should take about 30 minutes. As the room is getting turned around we will be getting our pictures taken and our venue has a huge wrap around porch\sitting area which will be set up for a cocktail hour with drinks and appetizers to keep the guest busy. Hopefully it will run smoothly and go as planned. If all goes well then we will have saved a lot of money by doing it in one place. The only one suggestion I have for you is to make sure that it is well planned out and that you have competent staff that can make sure that the turn over will go smoothly.

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 4, 2007 2:54 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

thank you all for your quick responses! i'm so excited. any suggestions for questions to ask vendors? i've been getting menu prices and options from just about every place in my area (metro detroit) but finding something within my budget ($30 or under) is confusing....some places have the bar and venue rental included in the per person price, while some just have the food cost, and the bar and space fees are seperate. so i don't know which ones are better deals! but, like i said, i've got 18 months to plan, though i would like to have the venue booked by the 1 year mark.

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KateS Posts : 208 Registered: 7/14/06
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 5, 2007 7:46 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

We are getting married at a vineyard.  It's beautiful, outdoors, and we can do everything there including ceremony, cocktail hour, sit down dinner and dancing afterwards.  I agree - having it all at one place is so nice!  Good luck

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MaunaLaniBride Posts : 631 Registered: 3/31/06
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Posted: Jan 6, 2007 5:48 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

For specific vendor questions, I suggest checking out your local message board on The Knot.  Just go to www.theknot.com then click "Talk" then click the "Local Boards" tab and find the state/city closest to you.  Also, check out the "bios" of the girls on your local board...bios are personal web pages for each girl's wedding...it's really helpful with photos and vendor review.  Good luck!  I had everything at one place too and it was so much easier :)

Knot bio:  http://talk.theknot.com/boards/User/Profile.aspx?UserID=86099

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 6, 2007 6:59 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

I too am having eveything in one place. we actually have a large ballroom and half will be set up for the ceremony while the other half will be the reception. as for the grand entrance,we didn't feel we needed that.

if you chose to seperate a room, like we did. make sure you can get in the day before to decorate etc.

my wedding is june 30th, so i'll let ya know how it goes.

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 6, 2007 10:05 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

The butterfly release is a fantastic idea--I hadn't thought of that (we're using one location only as well), and with all of the children that will be there, they will love it!  I can imagine the happy squeals from my nieces and nephews already...how fun!  And very practical since the staff will need just about 30 minutes to transform everything from the ceremony.

Thanks for sharing your ideas and plans!  I love the ideas I get from everyone here...

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 6, 2007 3:08 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

This is exactlly how we did our wedding. Everything in one place. All of our guests loved it. After the ceremony we just waited in the bridal suite for about 10 minutes, then the DJ introduced us. No hassle, and no crappy, anxious guests.

Jen
Jen

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 6, 2007 3:13 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

My FH and I are getting married on the beach behind a resort, then having a cocktail hour on the deck outside, then our actual dinner reception inside in a gorgeous, indoor/outdoor ballroom.  Everyone can literally walk yards from one place to the next, but still have a nice change of scenery.  The great part of having it at a resort is the guests can get a hotel room and crash there rather than have to cab it or drive home.  Also, our hotel has a huge fun bar that is staying open late and we are all going to continue the party there afterwards!!

 

I would look into a winery, nice resort, or beach town to do like it sounds like you want... GL!

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atepharm420 Posts : 19 Registered: 5/27/06
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 8, 2007 3:25 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

My wedding will be in one room that the guest will walk into and then after the ceremony. They will have cocktails in the back room. The room should be turned around in 30-40 minutes for a seated dinner.  All the tables will already be decorated with the linens and will need dinnerware and centerpieces on them.  To save time the caterer will also plate the salad.  The guest will be seated and then we will have our grand entrance.


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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 9, 2007 11:42 AM Go to message in response to: atepharm420

I love the idea of everything in one place, especially if you have a lot of out of town guests, like we will. Our wedding's July 1st, and we're having everything at a Philadelphia surburban castle/estate. We have the entire place to ourselves, so we can use the space as we see fit, which I love. The ceremony will be outside on the lawn, and dinnner will be on the huge terrace...absolutely gorgeous. Cocktail hour will be at the flower garden/pond area. Dancing in the great hall which leads directly to the dinner terrace. The grand entrance will be the same as any other, like others have said, we'll just hide out in the bridal suite and get in some good kisses! I love the idea of buttefly release. I saw it on one of the bridal shows, but the butterflies didn't  come out, so that didn't have the intended effect. I can imagine how beautiful that'll be though. Does anyone have more info on that, pricing, where we can get the butterflies etc? Also, we're thinking of having fireworks as a send off (around 8:30 pm) because its the week of July 4th. I can't wait. I say having it all in one place is the best...just such a smoother transition.
wedding ticker

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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 9, 2007 3:41 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

we too are having everything in 1 place. that's what i wanted when we started looking at venues. the ceremony will be outside at a garden gazebo. then the cocktail hour will be in the huge a/c tent. the bridal party will go back to our private room for a few minutes and then go back outside for photos while the guests are enjoying the cocktail hour. to me it is very important to have a receiving line. my parents are paying for most of the wedding (FH and i covering a few things like the rehearsal dinner and photographer) so i want each guest to be able to come through the line and meet my parents. we'll do this as the cocktail reception is dismissed into the grand ballroom for the sit-down dinner and dancing. the venue is also a hotel, so there's a hotel bar for people to hang out at past the reception and then go crash in their rooms! another very important thing to me with family driving in from out of town and lots of friends who like to drink!

 

Katrina and Jim

July 21, 2007





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Guest
Re: ceremony + reception in same place?
Posted: Jan 10, 2007 2:01 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

We had ours in the same room. After the ceremony Dh and I went for pictures while guests had coctails and appetizers in another room while they set up the tables for sit down dinner. 30 minutes later they were escorted back to the room, DH and I were introdued. It was great (My hall sucked....but that is another story) MAKE SURE YOU GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!!! I didn't and we paid for alot of things we were promised and they were never followed through (like our bartender!! Yeah, BIG things) So that is my advice. With EVERYTHING...get it in writing!!!

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