Post # 1
Since my guests are going to be coming quite a distance, I want to be able to talk to and acknowledge them all. Our cermony space doesn’t allow for a receiving line (there’s just no space for it inside, and it backs right onto a main road. We could do it in the parking lot, but that seems weird). We’re also not doing a first look, and am going to be going straight into photos from the ceremony, while guests go to cocktail hour. How can we take time to greet all our guests, and spend some time talking to each of them? I worry that saying we’re just going to walk around the tables during dinner will make me miss people or not have enough time to eat.
Any ideas on greeting guests? It’s really important to me, but I just don’t know what to do!
Post # 3
That’s a tough one! Could you greet guests as they walk from cocktail hour into the reception? It would cut into your picture time though.
Post # 4
After the recessional, circle back around so your guests can come out of the church/building/aisles. Then you and your husband can recess out into your guests (photos of that) and then take a quick group photo. Since everyone will be together, you could do an informal receiving line where you greet the guests. It should only take a few minutes and then you can go off to do formal pics.
Post # 5
@BooRadley: I like this idea, but I’m worried about space. There’s just not enough space in the lobby area for people to be standing around there, including us. And the church entry is five steps, and right onto a main road. I don’t want any accidents happening because of us!
Post # 6
@cirk: Are there any side exits or grassy areas around the building?
Post # 7
Can’t you go from table to table after your meal? That’s what usually happens in my experience.
Post # 8
I’ve been to weddings where the bride and groom “dismiss” each row from the ceremony, greeting everyone as they exit the pew. It serves the same purpose as a receiving line, but allows people to sit while they wait instead of standing, and also eliminates the space issue of having a long line of people waiting for hugs and kisses. Sounds like this could be an ideal solution for you.
Post # 9
If space is an issue, then the visiting from table-to-table at the Reception IMO is a good alternative.
A lot of Bridal Couples use this and report that it worked well for them… particularly so if you can talk to your Venue about being served first and efficiently. If they know your timeline / plans they can usually accommodate you so that by the time you gusy are done, Guests are just beginning to have Dessert & Coffee served.
You don’t have to spend oodles of time at each table, just a quick chat and thank you all for coming acknowledgement… then onto the next. At least in this way you can say that you’ve had the opportunity to visit (albeit briefly) with everyone.
In the big scheme, over the course of the day, realistically anyways, you’ll have opportunities to speak to most folks in some way anyhow… maybe not specifically about the Wedding, or in tons of detail, but you’ll certainly be socializing the whole time once the Cocktail Party gets underway til either You or They depart the Reception.
Hope this helps,