Did your guests come to YOU or vice versa?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re having about 350 guests and are planning to do a receiving line following the ceremony. At the reception I want to eat, drink, and dance without worrying about seeing everyone. I saw that idea but I know 90% of our guests wouldn’t do it and I feel like we’d be stuck there forever without getting a chance to dance and have fun. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had about 50 guests and it was perfect.  We were able to spend time with everyone, but didn’t feel rushed.  It was a good mix of us mingling with other tables and guests coming to sit with us (we served a buffet dinner, so seating wasn’t permanently assisgned).  We ended up doing the whole after party thing and didn’t get to bed until the next morning.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

We hugged and chatted with everyone as they went into our reception. I had been worrying about how we would say hi to everyone, but it just happened organically. I also made time to go around to most of the tables after dinner, but didn’t have to stress about it.

ETA: we had 120 guests.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FutureMrsT1221:  We had about 160 guests. My husband and I finished our dinner then got up and went to each table and greeted/chatted with each guest individually. I think a gracious host should make the effort to speak with the guests, not the other way around. Just my opinion though. (We also had plenty of time to drink, dance, and enjoy ourselves).

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

We did take photos before, yes, but we had an hour and a bit gap between the ceremony and reception. The reception rooms were supposed to start letting people in before us, so we wouldn’t be seen until the grand entrance, but that didn’t happen and we were in line with everyone else! Worked out well in the end though.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrsT1221:  we had 165 guests, I did a game plan.

 

I told FI after our first dance we will sit, eat our salad quickly and go to every table and just give a general hello to the table as a whole. You can’t say hi to each guest individually, there just wasn’t enough time for us

 

If there is anyone that missed you, they should come to you.

 

My mother is still arguing with me over this because she claims I was rude for not giving everyone enough attention but I said, every wedding I have been to was like that! And I wanted to dance my ass off and dance with my guests. If you wanted to find me or say hello..I will be on the dance floor or at my table with my husband lol

 

You need to enjoy your wedding too!!!!

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We did a receiving line, then greeted tables! At 2-3 minutes a table, it didn’t take too long!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Both.  We did a recieving line and then at the reception we also tried to “make the rounds” every so often, but wee def had a lot of people seeking us out too.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

I don’t remember anything about our wedding, but I don’t think I saw everyone who was there. I was too mortified to function due to the 88 people who showed up.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@FutureMrsT1221:  We are planning on 150 guests and will be having a Bride & Groom ONLY receiving line. We want to say hello to everyone but also enjoy the night ourselves.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had about 110 ppl at our wedding and during dinner I went around and greeted all my guests. I wasn’t hungry, at all, so I took the opportunity to say hi to everyone. My husband went to the bathroom and got “caught” by ppl so he didn’t do his “rounds” while I was doing mine. He ended up greeting ppl while I was on the dance floor with all my girlfriends. Lol

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@FutureMrsT1221:  We had over 200 guests. We gave them the opportunity to see us when we had a receiving line at the church. At the reception if we saw someone we know we didn’t talk to, we went up to them. Otherwise, many people came to the head table before and while we ate to say hello and congrats. I am certain I got to everyone (except DH’s family).

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