Ceremony and reception in the same room with no flipping; what to do with extra space?
Hi, Knotties! We are getting married in March and are paying for everything ourselves. We are private people who only have a small circle of friends, so this wedding will consist of no wedding party and an assembly of about 40 adult family and like-family members. Therefore, we have rented a "ballroom" at an Elk's Lodge that holds 225 people. It is basically one large lunchroom type room where they hold their bingo games and other parties.
Our idea is to have the reception on one side set up with tables and centerpieces and the ceremony area set up on the other side. We will set everything up the night before. Once the ceremony is over, we will remove the chairs from the ceremony area so that we can have photos in front of the altar.
Once the photos are done and cocktail hour is over, we will mainly just be utilizing the one side of the room decorated for the reception. There will not be any dancing at the reception. What should we do with the half of the room that will have been broken down from the ceremony? Initially I thought we would remove the chairs and decorations, but then there will only be one side of the room decorated with a large open space left. Will this be odd?