Post # 1
So I love all those photos of the bride and groom leaving the church and people tossing things at them or blowing bubbles at them. Problem is, I’ve never been to a wedding like that or seen that done in real life.
Most of the weddings I’ve been to have been Catholic; mine will be too. The bride and the groom walk down the aisle, then wait in the gathering space with their parents and bridal party. All the guests are ushered out to them and go through the receiving line right there in the gathering space of the church. Then the guests always leave right from there to go to the reception.
How do you get it so that the guests wait outside on the sidewalk and surround you when you are leaving? Logistically this just doesn’t seem like it would be plausible. I need someone to bustle my gown up right after the receiving line too. Will all the guests just be standing out on the sidewalk waiting then?
Should I just skip this part even though I love all those photos? My church won’t let people toss anything anyway, even if it is outside. So the most that people could do is ring mini bells (unless any of you have any other ideas)?
Post # 3
Well, if you wanted everyone to exit the church immediately after the ceremony instead of having a recieving line, you could have your priest announce that at the end of your ceremony. Also, your ushers could help get people into the right position waiting for you to come out. If you do this, I would have you, your husband, and whoever is bustling your dress (mom, MOH, etc…) go into the bridal room right after you leave the ceremony, and wait there until everyone has left the building. If you enlist your ushers, bridal party, etc… in getting everyone outside the church and lined up on the sidewalk, I think this would work.
There are other options for a grand entrance/exit as well. You could have everyone line up for you to enter the reception or to exit the reception at the end of the night. You could also use bubbles or ribbon wands inside or outside the church.
Post # 4
So if I do it that way then I wouldn’t technically have a receiving line? Is that ok? Can we just visit everyone’s tables at the reception? What if we don’t get to a table? I would feel bad!
Post # 5
You can do whatever you want! Some people have the receiving line as guests enter the reception instead. You could also do table visits, if you prefer that. If you want the traditional receiving line right after the ceremony, you could have your guests do the ribbon wands or bubbles or bells as you are leaving the sanctuary instead of outside, in front of the church. 🙂