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Chrysler Museum Wedding setup

August 05, 2017 3:01:35 pm

Posted in Norfolk, VA, USA
Emptyprofileicon Angie Seely Wedding date: October 23, 2010 Norfolk, VA, USA

I am attempting to plan a wedding at the Chrysler Museum in October this year. I want to do the cermony on the outside garden patio and then follow with a reception in the Hubor Court area inside. I was wondering what time they let your wedding planner in to begin setup for your reception. I worry that they don't close until 5pm. I will pushing my ceremony until almost sunset to meet the closing time. I'm afraid the planner wouldn't have enough time to get the reception setup for a 6pm guest entrance if they weren't allowed in until close.
Did you all have your ceremony there as well in Oct? Was it inside or out?

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Emptyprofileicon Jacqueline and Shane Wedding date: October 10, 2009 Norfolk, VA, USA

August 02, 2010 12:19:45 pm

I did not have my wedding at the Chrysler, but I did have an October wedding at the Botanical Gardens and met some of the same time restrictions. Our ceremony was in the terrace overlooking the Japanese Garden and the reception was in the cafe directly behind it. The cafe is open until 4 pm and the gardens are open until 5. The people who ran the cafe also catered and organized the reception, and I think this was the only reason they were able to set up so quickly. They were ready to pounce the instant they got the last person out the door. We couldn't do the ceremony until 5:15 to allow them and the DJ time to set up the cafe so we wouldn't hear all that noise during the ceremony. The photographers were definitely concerned about the light that would be available after the ceremony, although they thought we would have enough for the ceremony. For this reason, and to prevent our guests from waiting too long between ceremony and reception, we did the bulk of our photos before the ceremony. The photographers created a "first look" moment for my then-finance and me. They put me alone in a space and had him come in and see me the first time that day. Only the photographers were there. (We were in the greenhouse next to the cafe, which gave us privacy and a beautiful setting for photos. In retrospect, I would have had the videographer there, because it was a really special moment.) Then we did all the formal photos. We had plenty of light for the ceremony, but we did a few more photos after and we were rushing for light. I would say that if you can't even set up until 5 pm, you are going to be pushing it for light. You and your guests might be comfortable, but your photographers might have a challenge. If the Chrysler allowed it (and weather permitted), your caterer/planner could have light drinks, even just bottles of water, and small snacks to have immediately following the ceremony out on the patio if there was a delay to get into the reception space. My best advice would be to thoroughly question the event coordinator at the Chrysler and your planner/caterer. They should be old pros at the process and be able to tell you exactly what expectations they can meet. Make sure you get everything spelled out in your contracts. Your contracts cannot be too detailed. Go over your contracts with all involved the week before the wedding, and the day before the wedding. I highly recommend the book "Bridal Budgets: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget." Even if you have all the money in the world to spend on your wedding, they tell you how to get value for your dollar and how to get what you pay for. They give a list of questions you should ask each vendor. All of my vendors were really surprised how detailed I was in questioning them. There were no loose ends whatsoever the day of the wedding. Ok, last bit of advice...Actually, there was one loose end, which was that the space we were promised to hang out in before the ceremony was not available on the day and we had to mill around outside. We tried to stay out of site of the guests, but they saw us and wanted to come over and talk. I was relatively calm that day, but at that point I only wanted my close family and bridesmaids with me. I didn't want to be a host at that moment. So just be prepared for that if you are waiting for the start of the ceremony outside.

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Emptyprofileicon Angie Seely Wedding date: October 23, 2010 Norfolk, VA, USA

August 02, 2010 12:26:22 pm

thanks for the feedback

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Emptyprofileicon Lauren Biehn Wedding date: October 27, 2007

August 02, 2010 2:47:39 pm

Hi there! My wedding was at the Chrysler Museum. The ceremony was inside in the big area you first walk into. It started at 6:30. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres immediately following in the Tiffany Gallery. During the cocktail time, the team had 45 minutes to transform the area for my reception. We also took pictures during that time. I felt that it was a flawless transition.
~who is your coordinator?

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Emptyprofileicon Lauren Biehn Wedding date: October 27, 2007

August 02, 2010 2:48:23 pm

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Emptyprofileicon Lauren Biehn Wedding date: October 27, 2007

August 02, 2010 2:49:16 pm

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Emptyprofileicon Angie Seely Wedding date: October 23, 2010 Norfolk, VA, USA

August 03, 2010 6:38:22 am

We haven't been in touch with Mia yet, so I don't have a date there or reservation. I have a friend who is a wedding planner which we are using the day of the wedding whenever we do finally get some plans finalized. I hoping to be able to reserve the date in the middle of Oct and have the cermony on the side patio Garden and then follow with a reception. We plan on doing stations with heavy hors d'oeuves, open bar, and band.

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