Post # 1
If we’re having a 350-400 person wedding, should we do a receiving line or greet the guests right after dinner at the reception?
Some other things to consider: Our church does not have a large area to do a receiing line or space outside. It’s right on a corner with smaller sidewalks and not a lot of room. We hate the idea of a receiving line and would rather get going on our pictures so we can show up at the reception sooner. However, we’ll want to serve dinner soon after we arrive at the reception hall (buffet style). We are not sure if we should greet some before dinner then get everyone else right after or try to do all either before or after. We’ll have 38-40 tables. Oh, and our ceremony time will be 3…cocktail hour from 5-6 and then serve dinner probably between 6:15 and 6:30. The church and reception hall are about a 10-minute drive from each other, and we’re choosing a picture location on the way.
Has anyone had or been to a large wedding and seen a way that works well? Any advice or suggestions would be great!
Post # 3
I have the same problem! Our guests will come in at around 320- I DEFINITLEY do not want to do a receiving line outside the church- I think that just delays everything and it’s awful.
I was planning on going around to each table around dessert time- table by table is better than person by person!
But I hope we have time to enjoy some of the meal…sigh***
Post # 4
You can just talk to people during the reception by going round to the tables, you dont have to do all the tables at once. You can also split up and have the groom do his tables and you do yours.
Post # 5
It will be very long if you do a receiving line. Greet everyone at the reception.
Post # 6
Usually bride and groom are served dinner first, so you can eat quickly and go around to tables while guests are still eating. That way you don’t have to miss the party!
Post # 7
@bells: I can’t imagine a bride and groom splitting up to greet the tables. Have you ever seen this done? That seems kind of rude to me…
Sorry not trying to offend anyone but that just struck me as strange since no matter whose side the guests are on, they are all being hosted by the new married couple.
Post # 8
@artbee: We are having sit-down instead of buffet, otherwise what you’re saying would work perfectly!
Post # 9
@Evie19: I agree, but it probably depends on the guests and if they’d see it as rude. My FI I guarantee will want to go around together and I think our guests would appreciate it. But if it’s a larger wedding and the couple thinks the guests wouldn’t care, it’s probably okay.
Post # 10
We had 29 tables, and managed to visit all of them during the salad course. I’d say visit the tables during dinner, rather than doing a receiving line.
Post # 11
We went table to table during dinner. To make sure we had time, we arranged with the venue to serve our entrees during the salad course (that is, we ate our entrees while the guests were eating their salads). We still got to eat and had basically one and a half courses to get around to greet everyone. We did get caught up by some of DH’s chatty relatives who wanted to catch up–make sure you and your new hubby are on the same page as to how much time to spend with each table so you can get them all in
Post # 12
Maybe you can have a private dinner between the two of you before the reception actually starts and then greet all the tables during dinner. That way you aren’t rushing to get away from one table to get to the next.