Post # 1
We are going to end up with about 200 wedding guests. I’m assuming that some guests will be miffed if we don’t come around and say hello to everyone in some way.
Our ceremony ends at 6:30, with the cocktail hour beginning right after and lasting til 7:30, so I don’t think there will be enough time for people to be waiting in a receiving line.
I also just want to enjoy dinner with my new husband and don’t know how long it will take to visit about 20 tables. Ughhhh!
Any advice? What would/did you do to greet a large number of guests? How long do these table visits & receiving lines take?
Post # 3
Honestly if you want any time to eat, then you should have a receiving line. You won’t really participate in cocktail hour, but you’ll get to sit down and enjoy yourself for the reception. With so many people, the receiving line will probably take 30 minutes, but your guests can get some cocktails to hold them over in line. They’ll be fine. Otherwise you will spend the ENTIRE reception going table to table, and people will just keep talking to you. At least in a receiving line there is peer pressure from all the people behind them for them to keep it short!
Post # 4
I vote the receiving line…We had about 230 people and we didn’t do the receiving line thinking that we were going to visit each table…wrong. After the first dance, parents dance, eating, cupcake exchange, etc., everyone wanted to dance…no one was at the tables for us to visit…plus everyone bombarded us to take pictures with them…so it really didn’t work.
Post # 5
We’re doing a receiving line at the door of the chapel… it’s just simpler for us.
Is your ceremony on the same site as your reception, or had you already factored travel time into the time between the ceremony and the cocktail hour?
Post # 6
Peer pressure…always useful! I like it 🙂 I also hadn’t considered that people will wander away from their tables anyhow. Good thinking!
@daydreamwanderer – yup, ceremony and reception are on the same aite
Post # 7
Do a receiving line. Otherwise you will not have or opportunity at all to eat anything. And if you don’t eat but you drink alcohol, you will be drunk and sick instantly.
Post # 8
I agree that you aren’t going to have time to eat if you go to everyone’s table! A receiving line is best!
Post # 9
We are going to usher people out.Well that might not be the right word, but anyways we are going to be at the ends of the pews and let people know they can get up and leave and speak to them then.That way no one is have to wait in line, they can sit there and wait their turn to speak to us and we still get to see everyone!
Post # 10
I hate receiving lines. We did the table visits and it was hard to get to everyone’s table. Eventually my husband and I split up and visited some of the tables from each side of our families separately. I guess you aren’t supposed to do that, but oh well. So many people left our wedding right after dinner so we really had no choice.
Post # 11
We are going around to all tables, we only are having 10 so it will be short and easy but my friend got married a couple months ago and had 55 tables (550 people) and she actually had time to go around to each and every table but I feel like I didnt even get to see her all night only when she came by our table, she had an after hours upstairs so at least we got to see her afterwards. I think a receiving line is good for you since you have more people
Post # 12
Definitely a receiving line if you want to eat! I think table visits would actually take longer – as others have mentioned, people will move through the line pretty quickly if its after the ceremony.
Post # 13
We are probably doing a bit of both!
We are def. having a recieving line, but I thought it was kind of rude to not at least stop for a few moments at each table to say “thanks for coming”!
Edited to add: I’m not saying it’s rude.. I guess that was just the commentary I had read.. maybe I’m wrong!