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Andre'ya
Master March 2014

Ceremony/ Reception In The Same Room?

Andre'ya, on October 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM Posted in Planning 0 37
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I've been to one wedding (gorgeous wedding by the way) where the guests were already seated at tables...the ceremony and reception were held in the same room...I thought it made for a smooth transition and all...I am considering doing this but I want some opinions and advice...

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  • JustMarried'14
    Master September 2014
    JustMarried'14 ·
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    I've never seen it done in the same area w/o a turn over time, but it sounds like a great way to not waste your guests' time and time with them

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  • mscountry
    Master July 2014
    mscountry ·
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    I have seen it done. David Tutera just did a wedding like this. I think it is great if you have the room for people to move around and talk still.

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  • Andre'ya
    Master March 2014
    Andre'ya ·
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    @Jet...I want to be able to thank every single person for coming... and I want to save money...

    @Mrscountrylace... I think I missed that episode...darn it, lol...did you think it was very organized and elegant or did it need work?

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  • Carly
    Super November 2014
    Carly ·
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    Haha my photographer was the one who photographed that David tutera wedding! She said it was pretty smooth, just make sure you have the proper staff for layout changes, moving chairs, adding or changing any decor.

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  • Celia Milton
    June 2020
    Celia Milton ·
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    It can totally work; we do this all the time.

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  • JustMarried'14
    Master September 2014
    JustMarried'14 ·
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    I am eager to hear how it works, if you decide to do this. I know a few bride-to-bes that are having ceremony and reception in same place, but if this works well, they can save $ on theirs to.. added to watchlist Smiley smile

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  • C
    Just Said Yes October 2014
    Catherine ·
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    I am having mine in the same room, I am having everyone sit at their tables and having 8 chairs up on the dance floor where the ceremony is held. Those chairs will be for my parents and grandparents and FH parents and grandparents (4 on each side to make space for an aisle). That way the most important people in our lives will be up close and feel like they are apart of the wedding more.The venue coordinator says she does it a lot and works very well.

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  • Andre'ya
    Master March 2014
    Andre'ya ·
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    @Celia...thanks for commenting...I wanted a vendor to comment...

    @Carly... so lucky to have a TV photographer...

    @Jet...will definitely keep you posted...I'm going to run it by my wedding planner in a little and see what she says...

    @Catherine...do you mind elaborating on the chairs up front...will that be for VIP guests only?

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  • HalloweenBride
    Master October 2013
    HalloweenBride ·
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    I'm doing this, because it will probably be too cold to have the ceremony outside and there's not enough time, or room, or people (no wedding planner here) to switch it from ceremony space to seated and decorated tables.

    So, the tables will be set, and they'll be seated! I did a seating chart because of it since I want certain people to have certain spots.

    Since I'm getting married in like, 8 days, I'll let you know how it goes afterwards!

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  • Celia Milton
    June 2020
    Celia Milton ·
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    You might think about getting everyone up for a group picture in the middle of the dancefloor right after the ceremony. It kinda shakes things up a bit, if you know what I mean? So they are not parked all night, lol!

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  • mscountry
    Master July 2014
    mscountry ·
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    It was very organized and elegant it looked great.

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  • Love Is Real
    Expert April 2014
    Love Is Real ·
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    I am also having the ceremony/reception in the same room. Everyone will be seated at their table, tables will be placed in a U form and we will be at the front so everyone can see us. I also reduced the chairs per table to 6 so it wouldnt be crowded.

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  • Stephanie
    Master November 2014
    Stephanie ·
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    Our venue does the ceremony and reception in the same room. The cocktail hour is in a space next to the hallway (it's all open, so it's not like a separate room). The venue has the tables and chairs already set up and then flips the room in 8 minutes after the ceremony is over.

    I think that doing a ceremony in the reception hall already set up is totally fine Smiley smile

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  • Stephanie
    Master November 2014
    Stephanie ·
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    @Love Is Real, I might advice against tables of 6. We were just at a wedding with only 6 people at a bunch of tables, and it was extremely awkward. The two other couples were friends with each other and despite our efforts to be friendly, they froze us out. Totally ruined the wedding for us.

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  • Andre'ya
    Master March 2014
    Andre'ya ·
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    @Halloween Bride...I totally forgot you're next for Wedding Bells...yes..most definitely let me know how it goes and anything you can advise me for...

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  • Andre'ya
    Master March 2014
    Andre'ya ·
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    Were any cocktails/appetizers held in the same room?

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  • OMW
    Master August 2013
    OMW ·
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    We're doing it! And I've been to a wedding where it was done and it was perfectly fine.

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  • Jillian
    Expert December 2013
    Jillian ·
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    I'm glad you posted this because I'm having both the ceremony and the reception in the same place but I hadn't thought about seating guests at the tables for the ceremony. I'll have to think about that!

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  • Bianca
    Super October 2014
    Bianca ·
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    I'm sure it will work out great!

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  • Love Is Real
    Expert April 2014
    Love Is Real ·
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    @ Stephanie....it could be awkward but luckily in my case no one but family is coming to the wedding and the few friends are considered family and we all get along with each other.

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