Cermony and Reception in the same room??

I would like to know if anyone has ever had or is considering having the reception and cermony in the same room? I am against the idea as I don't/didn't plan on having a cocktail hour, but my FH is stuck on this idea. Please let me know if you have any ideas on how this will work, including the amount of time it takes to have the entire wedding leave the room and have people come in to settup the reception area? Thanks for any ideas.

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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We looked at a venue that offered to do the ceremony and the reception in the same room... the place was this ridiculously posh boutique hotel and it would have been fabulous, but they couldn't accommodate our guest count and we are getting married in a church anyway.


When asked what exactly our guests are supposed to do while they set up the room, they didn't really have a good answer for us. There was no bar area for them to sit at etc, basically our guests were supposed to find something to do for a couple of hours... no thanks.


The hotel that we are now having the reception at is huge, and adjacent to city centre mall so lots for guests to do :)

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm
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Technically we are having our ceremony in the same room...


This is the ceremony side, and that wall behind the arch, goes wall to wall, floor to ceiling


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But it slides open, and the other side looks like this, and both rooms have seperate entrances, in my case, I am not using the full ball room because it is huge, so I am only using half...which looks like this (this is set up for a wedding):


Technically we are having photo 1191922-2Technically we are having photo 1191922-3


 

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm
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i think its doable... u just have to have a team in place to do the flip (if the venue doesnt do it) it shouldnt take anymore than an hour to turn the room, an in that period of time a cocktail hour should be in place.

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm
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My venue offered a cocktail hour with our package so we're doing that in between. While the guests are in the lobby, they start to re-decorate the main room so they come back in to a new room. We have it scheduled for one hour of time.


If your FH is determined and you don't want to/can't have a cocktail hour perhaps you can re-define cocktail hour. It doesn't have to include alcohol ($$)... perhaps have a station of small finger foods, small cookies/pastrys(have family pitch in and make their fave recipe).. coffee, maybe a soda bar... perhaps set up a silly photo booth station. Set up a pretty backdrop fabric, get some masks and goofy props and have everyone take silly photos for you. (or if silly thing doesn't work just have them take nice photos with the backdrop). Have little games like how did you meet the couple/bride/groom, have baby photos of the wedding party and have everyone guess who is who...


Just some ideas... if you have a small gap in time and have the ceremony and reception in the same location I reccomend entertaining the guests some how.


Good luck!

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm
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My FI's cousin just got married and they had their ceremony and reception at the same place. They didn't have a cocktail hour though. After the ceremony everyone headed outside to the pourch area for snack food and regular drinks. It only took about 35 to 45 minutes to set up the place for the reception and that included moving all the tables in, putting all the linens on the table, setting up all the centerpieces, and decorating a bit.

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm
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My sister got married in the same room her reception was held at. How she did it though is different then how most people would do it. The room was set up for the reception. The tables were set and the buffet table was all set out with the food on it and everything. All of us guests just sat at our tables where we were going to eat. Then music started playing and my sister walked out and got married on the dancefloor. It wasn't how I would do my wedding but to each their own. I want my entrance too badly to do it like that. lol It worked for her though and i've heard of many other people who have done it the same way. You get more time with your guests that way too. :)

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm
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Thanks everyone for all the replies. I have taken away some really good ideas. I'm still in the middle about the idea of it. But thanks.

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 2:09 am
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I saw a wedding where they did it and it worked out fine!

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 9:55 am
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this would have happened to us (we had an outdoor wedding) if it had rained.  i think it's fairly common.

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 10:02 am
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We are doing it.  The first venue we looked at charged an extra $2000 just to flip the room and said it would take an hour.  There was some seating and a bar at the periphery of the room in which the guests would congregate for the cocktail hour, but the transition would be in full view of the guests.


The venue we went with includes the flipping in the venue charge and says it can be done in 15 minutes or less - it all depends on how long the guests plan on milling around after the ceremony.  Fortunately, there is a separate room the guests will be directed to for a buffet of appetizers and cocktails.  We will be off getting pictures for an hour or so, then will return for our first dance right after the guests are seated for dinner.

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 10:35 am
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we're having "everything" in the same room with cocktail-style dinner reception (no sit down dinner = smooth transition from cocktail hour, just changing the food stations). we will have enough seats for all guests so everyone can sit down during the ceremony but they will be encouraged to mingle and chat after that. we're having long tables; all chairs will be facing the altar during the ceremony (the venue has a stage, the altar will be on stage) and rearrange the chairs to face all tables after that. the area in front of the stage will be our dance floor. 

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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