Going around to guests

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing a receiving line directly after the ceremony as they go into the house for cocktail hour.

I know that doesn’t help you much, but I figured i’d chime in!

The thought of us trying to get to everyone during the reception just seems like a nightmare and I have to eat dinner or i’ll pass out.

Post # 3
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We did a receiving line, and I am glad we did because out of 14 tables I think I made it to three of them! We were constantly called away or had people coming up to us to take photos or give congratulations. People were constantly in and out of the dining room to go to the bar/bathroom/whatever…it was impossible for us to get to every table. Plus I wanted to eat my dinner! LOL. We just enjoyed ourselves and tried not to worry about it. People who really wanted to talk to us came up to us or joined us on the dance floor. Quite a few of our guests left right after dinner and most of them came up to say congratulations and let us know they were leaving for the night.

Overall I don’t think anyone was offended, I wish I could have spent more time with everyone. We danced a lot at our wedding and people who joined us out on the dance floor got to spend more time with us. A lot of our guests spent most of their time by the bar and I never really got over there much, but all I’ve heard from people since is that they had a great time at our wedding.

Post # 4
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

sullybear:  We are doing a receiving line. FSIL actually said that she wishes she had done one and regrets not because she was not able to make it around to every single table (she had 100 guests) – there was so much going on that she just wasn’t able to. Some people were definitely offended. She also found it difficult to enjoy the reception portion because of this. A friend of ours did manage to get to all the tables. Most people did a receiving line, though. I guess it depends how jam packed you are with things happening at the reception/how long your dinner or meal portion will be, if it is a sit down. Sorry that I was not much of a help, but I thought I would share some different experiences …

Post # 6
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

A couple of weddings I’ve been to the bride and groom went around to every table with their photographer to snap a picture with guests at each table. This allowed them to chat a bit with everyone but still make sure each table was seen.

Post # 7
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We went around during dinner and greeted every one of our 250 guests. We didnt have much down time to enjoy the meal but our guests really appreciated getting to chat with us personally instead of being pushed through a line up. 

Post # 8
3841 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

sullybear:   We did not have a receiving line.   At our meal (brunch), after the toasts, we were taken to the buffet first, ate a little bit, then did table visits.  We really enjoyed those visits and our photographer got some terrific candids – we didn’t even know anyone was taking photos!  LOL

Post # 9
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Swizzle: This is good to know! As a guest, I’m typically really un-interested in receiving lines. They feel so…forced? We are probably going to have 175-200 guests. How long did it take to go to every table during dinner? We had the same plan as you!

Post # 10
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

sullybear:  We had 200 guests. While we had a receiving line, we each also went up to tables at the reception during the dance. We didn’t make it a point to go together or make it to every table, but if I saw someone hanging out I’d go say hi and thanks for coming.

Post # 11
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Since you are doing a buffet, what if instead of having the catering staff let each table up you and your groom go to each table to tell them they can get in line for the buffet.  That way you say hello, hugs, congrats, and then tell them it is their turn at the buffet.  Then they will be anxious to get their food too so your chatty aunt won’t monopolize too much time?  I’ve never really seen this done but it could also help keep the buffet line to a minimum?  Then you guys can sit down at the end and eat your food?  

We finally decided on a first look so I’m hopoing between cocktail hour and visiting tables during dinner we will get to greet all of our guests.

Post # 12
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I didnt go around (I know, bad bride). I genuinely tried during cocktail hour to see each person but everyone ended up all mish-moshed all over the place.

After cocktail hour I just wanted to dance, if people wanted to see me… they would have to be on the dancefloor. In the end I feel like I did see each guest! I really dont know if I missed anyone…. I did try but I didnt bend over backwards either.

Post # 13
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

sullybear:  I lucked out here.  I was in the hospital for the week leading up to my wedding, so all of my guests came to me so I could stay seated!  Most of the guests who were family I got to speak with at the rehearsal dinner also.  One of the worst things about weddings, I think, is not getting to spend enough time with the people who traveled to spend your day with you.  Just do the best you can to speak with everyone!  (Most) People understand that the day is a blur and you may not get to everyone!  

Post # 14
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

sullybear:  We were able to go around to say hi to everyone during cocktail hour.  We did a first look and the bulk of our photos before hand, so we were able to join the last half of cocktail hour.

Post # 15
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

sullybear:  we had a little over 150 and greeted every single guest. It was just something we felt we had to do so we made it work. We didn’t eat much so we were able to greet most people during dinner. You just have to limit the conversations.

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