Post # 1
My FI and I will be having a small ceremony around noon with only our parents and siblings, and then will be having a large dinner reception around 6:00 that same day. I want to make sure we take the time to say hi to each guest (especially since they can’t come to the ceremony), but I am struggling with how to do this. I don’t really like the idea of doing table visits during/after dinner because with 150+ guests it could take a while and there will be a lot of people just sitting around waiting. Since we have time, I would like to greet the guests as they arrive and create a receiving line with our parents at the door. Do you think this would be weird for the guests? Do you hae any alternative ideas?
Post # 3
I dont think it would be weird. I know people dont love recieving lines, but they are the most effective way to greet everyone and still have time to enjoy the reception.
Post # 4
Hmmm interesting. I suppose it could work, but won’t people be coming in at different times?
Usually the receiving line is after the ceremony because everyone is getting up and leaving at the same time.
People won’t be lining up to come in to your reception, they will just show up when they show up. I feel like this could end up being very time consuming with you potentially waiting around for guests to show up.
Post # 5
Here’s my suggestion for a receiving line-
Since most people will want to talk to YOU longer than your parents, make it so that your guests greet YOU before greeting your parents. Then, they can just say a quick hello to you parents and not have to awkwardly stand in front of them, while they wait for whoever is in front of them in line to be finished having a 5-minute chat with you!
Post # 6
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. It is very helpful!
@TinyTina: Yes, people will be arriving at all different times so we would have to stand and wait for guests for probably about 30 min to catch the early arrivers and anybody arriving a little late. I know this might be a little painful, but I am willing to make the sacrifice 🙂