Can I Have Both My Ceremony & Reception at the Ramsay?
Yes, of course! With smaller wedding parties, brides have opted to have chairs set up for the ceremony on one side of the room and used the other side for the reception with tables, chairs, and dance floor.
Brides with larger wedding parties have set up the room with guests sitting at the tables for both the ceremony and reception, with the tables placed around the room so all guests can see the ceremony.
Some brides will have the dance floor set-up in the center of the room and stand on that for the ceremony and then use it later for dancing the night away!
We invite you to schedule a time to tour our beautiful facility and see how our event space can be used for your special event!
Wedding Guest Books - Unique Ideas
Originally, a wedding guest book helped the married couple remember who attended their special day and organize their thank you notes. Instead of the run-of-the-mill guest book that often gets thrown at the back of a closet, how about trying something unique and creative that you’d be willing to display in your home!
Unique and interactive guest book alternatives are a fun way to get guests chatting and mingling at the start of your reception!
Wedding Guest Book Tips & Ideas
- Make sure everyone signs it. Assign a member of the bridal party or other trusted friend to stand near it and ask guests to sign as they enter the party. Make it personal Rather than your guests just writing down their name and a short "Congratulations", ask them to write their favorite memory of you or advice for a happy marriage.
- Photo guest books are popular options. Some companies offer guest books that have premade slots that are built to hold Polaroid snap shots or a photobooth image strip. You can also create your own DIY photobooth and purchase a standard scrap book for guests to fill with images.
- A book of poetry is a smart choice for romantic couples. Choose a book of romantic poetry and encourage guests to leave notes in the margin.
- A beautiful piece of pottery can be signed using a special ceramic marker. After the wedding, simply "fire" the piece in your own oven, and your memento can be displayed, or used regularly.
- An object that references a favorite hobby like a guitar, surfboard, football, wine bottles, or boat paddles can be signed by guests and displayed in the home.
- River rocks are a popular (and affordable) choice for eco-friendly couples. Guests write notes on the smooth surface of the stones, which are later displayed in the couple’s home.
- Your engagement photo, framed with a wide white mat is the perfect surface for your guests to sign.
- Large wooden letters, of your new monogram or spelling out "Love" can be found at most major arts and crafts stores. Display the signed letters in your home after the wedding.
Is it Really Bad Luck for the Groom to See the Bride Before the Ceremony?
During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families (romantic, huh?), and a father would have been pleased for his daughter to marry a man from a rich, land-owning family. But he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. Therefore, it became tradition that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony so that the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind.
Although arranged marriages are no longer common, most brides still don’t want their groom to see them all done up before the wedding. Many believe it makes the day more exciting and memorable. However, some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony. The added bonus is that you can take your formal pictures pre-ceremony when everyone is freshly done-up. It’s completely up to you and your groom. Talk about it before the big day arrives and find out what makes the most sense for you.