A Great Way to Greet Guests!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@nawella:  I personally think it would be exhausting. I’ve hated the idea to go and greet each table and take a picture (which it is what is done traditionaly where I live) all my life. 

What I will be doing is greeting the people who come and congratulate me at the end of the ceremony, and have like 20-30 minutes where my host will announce that is picture time, so whoever wants a picture with us taken by the photography can come and have it, and we’ll thank them for comming right there. We might as well have a little walking around time greeting whoever we can.

I am not too worried of greeting EVERY guest, I hope my parents will help me greet people too. Besides we’ll have a little time thanking everyone over the microphone. I really want not to be stressed by the thought of it. But that’s maybe because I am bitter and rude. lol

Post # 5
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Sounds like a plan to me.

The only thing I’d be worried about is how much time it will give you at each table… won’t work out to much per table / person I imagine… that could be either a good thing or a bad thing I suppose.

(And you’ll have to be sure and start the process BEFORE tables start being called… or else END at the first table)

The only other downside I can think of… and it might be a BIG one is… I remember that for my First Wedding when we had the Traditional Big White Pouffy Family Wedding, that by the time Dinner came around WE WERE STARVING (so the exact opposite to what you expect to happen).  So I would have died if I was not sitting down and eating when Dinner was served, and watching other people eat, nah.

In reality the Wedding Day is a long day… you’ll be up for hours & hours, and on your feet for hours & hours too.  You’ll probably be hungry and wanting to have a good sit down like everyone else by the time Dinner time rolls around.

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My First Wedding we went round after the Cake Cutting (second chit-chat of the night*) with our Guest Book attendant (a young cousin) and a basket filled with “Wedding Cake for Dreaming” while everyone was having their Dessert & Coffee / Tea.  It was ok, but then again, it seemed rushed, as the Dancing was about to begin.

*In actuality at My First Wedding we greeted everyone 2x… we had a Small Receiving Line when everyone arrived (B&G and Both Sets of Parents) in the Cocktail area… that actually was the spot that worked out best, because we got the Thank Yous out of the way upfront.

I really like Receiving Lines for this reason… you can make them short and sweet, and get her done.

This time round…

Mr TTR & I met all our Guests at the Entrance for our Back Home Reception… again it ran smoothly, and then the rest of the Night was our own so to speak.

The only downside I can see is if the Couple was off having Wedding Pics done, and so weren’t on-site when the Cocktail Party started.

Hope my info helps some (gives you some alternatives to consider)

As I said I like your idea… as long as you think it all thru so it works for you.


Post # 6
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@nawella:  😀 I hope no one finds it rude either hehe.

Team work with the DJ is pretty vital! You could print a schedule for him, dunno if you do it already. Here we usually have like a host appart from the musicians.

Post # 7
4511 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think in theory it’s a good idea, but like PP said, make sure you have a plan for how long to spend at each table. I can easily see it taking an hour to get around to 20 tables…I would not want to be the last table in that case!

Post # 8
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think its a great idea, but i think as someone else said, youll end up with not having much time for each person, and/or being hungry and exhausted.

Post # 10
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

For it to take under an hour to go to 20 tables, it’d have to be under 3 mins at each table. But it’ll take each table much longer than 3 mins to get to the buffet and walk through it. If your dj calls a new table every 3 mins, there will be a long backed up line at the buffet. Sorry, but I don’t see how this idea will work or be less time than a receiving line of just the bride and groom. 

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