So I was at the ceremony/reception venue yesterday working out the timing/chairs/tables logistics. Basically it came to my attention that I going to have to spend way more money than
I was planning to pull off both in the same venue.
The place does not have enough chairs to fill the ceremony room and reception room at the same time so on top of paying extra to rent the ceremony room I'd have to rent chairs. If I wanted to do the ceremony in the ballroom and "flip" it during cocktail hour I would have to find people to do the "flipping" and I'd have to pay my vendors more money to arrive earlier so they are all set-up before the ceremony.
So I have started to consider having the ceremony *right* before the reception in the reception room but without the "flip". Guests would arrive and find their table assignments and chairs would be turned to face the front head table. The aisle would be down a clear path between tables down the middle of the room. We would have the DJ set up so we could use his system to project the ceremony for all to hear.
After the ceremony the bridal party and family would go outside for a few more pics (30 min or so) and the DJ would have announced that people could get hors d'oerves and drinks (small area outside ballroom) and our DIY photobooth will be available for use. DJ would ask everyone to "refresh" their drinks about 5-10min before we are announced back in the room. The toasts happen right away and dinner is served.
Would you think that odd or just simple/casual wedding? Have you been to one like this? By the way- the venue is the Oxford Community Arts Center. I don't want the hassle of renting chairs, etc when the ceremony is less than 30 min and his mom (a pastor) is the one officiating!
Thanks- sorry such a long post