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Chelsea
Devoted July 2021

Ceremony and Reception same spot?

Chelsea, on March 10, 2020 at 4:50 PM Posted in Planning 0 13
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Hello! How did you do it if you had it in the same place?


We are trying to cause less stress so this is what we came up with.

Doing Family portraits, bridal party before so doing a first look at 2?

Ceremony 4 to 4:30? Bubbles outside after?

Saving money on no party bus? The hour of cocktail hour our bridal party stays back and enjoys cock tail hour while us and the photographer drives over to a near by park 5 miles to take our intimate photos?

Grand entrance 6. Dinner right after 6:20?


Hellppp? Did you regret not doing a part bus? After leave bridal party behind? Should we go to the bar down the street?

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  • Kristen
    Rockstar November 2020
    Kristen ·
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    Most weddings I have gone to have been ceremony and wedding in the same spot unless the wedding was in a park or a church. I feel it is easier and would be less stress. I think the bus would be an added expense you would not miss unless you really want it.

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  • Michaela
    Super May 2020
    Michaela ·
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    That sounds like a really great plan! I don't think you would miss the party bus if you aren't traveling anywhere

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  • Tiffany
    Expert March 2020
    Tiffany ·
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    So ours it all at a beautiful big barn! Weather permitting, the ceremony will be outside and the reception will be inside! So I guess it could be considered two rooms/places. We have yard games outside during cocktail/social hour. Our photos will probably be out by the ceremony place, but some couple pictures we will probably take inside the barn while the guests are outside. Your plan sounds pretty good! I don't think you'll really need a party bus, unless you think it would be cool to take one to a bar afterwards or something.

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  • R
    Expert September 2018
    Rachel ·
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    Consider doing your first look photos first and then your formal portraits. It’ll be logistically easier that way and you’ll want family photos with you as a couple and you individually with parents/each side of the family. Fine to leave wedding party to enjoy cocktail hour (60mins) while your take romantic couples photos. If you can, try to stick to 60 minutes for cocktail hour. Guests get antsy waiting around much longer than that.
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  • Alyrae
    Super February 2020
    Alyrae ·
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    What i did was have first look at like 5 just us pictures then then got the wedding party and took those pictures then wedding started at 6 my wedding qas only 4 hours and after the first dance we took a few picture inside the building too while people were eating then we got to eat too after everyone was done
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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    We didn't do a first look, so we used our cocktail hour for photos. There was a park right next door, and we used that, so our BP/family could enjoy some of the cocktail hour.

    If you're in the same space, a party bus will just be taking money away from something else you'd like to do.

    Your venue coordinator should be able to help with the timeline - ours had it down to a science!

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  • A
    Expert May 2020
    Alex ·
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    We are having everything at one location and my FH was sad we weren't having a party bus. The compromise is we are doing a party bus as part of the rehearsal dinner!

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  • Chelsea
    Devoted July 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    OOhh thats a good idea lol

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  • A
    Expert May 2020
    Alex ·
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    I am seriously so excited about it. We are going to 3 stops before our rehearsal dinner/welcome party. It is going to be so fun. It is also a great opportunity for the wedding party to get to know everyone since most of our friends have never meet each other.

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  • Chelsea
    Devoted July 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    That is such a good idea. Are you worried people might party to much the night before?

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  • A
    Expert May 2020
    Alex ·
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    We are having the party bus before the rehearsal dinner for that very reason. Our wedding is also later in the day (5:30PM), so there is time for everyone to sleep in and recover if needed. I don't worry about the bridesmaid. They are all very responsible. These groomsmen have been hungover at every wedding I have seen them at in the past, so I think there is no stopping them. Lots of food and water is the plan lol.

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  • Chelsea
    Devoted July 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    Lol true We are also doing a late wedding.. whats your timeline just curious? Smiley smile

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  • A
    Expert May 2020
    Alex ·
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    Hair and Make-Up Start 10 or 11 am (this isn't set yet)

    Groomsmen get ready 1:30PM

    Everyone Dressed and Ready 2:30PM

    First Look (followed by Bride/Groom photos) 2:45PM

    Wedding Party Photos 3:30PM

    Family Photos 4:00PM

    Doors Open 4:45PM

    Ceremony 5:30PM

    Cocktail Hour 6:00PM

    Reception 7:00PM

    First Dance: 7:05PM

    Toast TBD (towards the end of dinner)

    Parent Dance TDB (right before the dancing starts)

    Late Night Snacks TBD

    Last Call 11:30PM

    Last Song/Farewell 11:45PM

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