- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Hi ladies – Sorry this is my third post in a row! We’re in that stage of wedding planning where there’s just little stuff left so I’m a bit all over the place!
So we aren’t doing a receiving line and we’re not doing a first look so we won’t be at the cocktail hour. For these reasons, I wanted to greet our guests during the meal so we have time to see everyone (we have ~110 guests). I also want to do the speeches during the meal. Here is what I was planning to accomplish this, but I’ve gotten some negative feedback on this from our DOC (and FI for that matter):
-After grand entrance and everyone is settled back in their seats- FOB gives speech, FOG gives speech and says a prayer
-Starter course is served – we (meaning me and FI in this context) eat quickly and then walk around to greet a few tables
-Best Man speech while soup is cleared
-Main is served- again, we eat quickly and then go greet more tables
-MOH speech #1 and #2 (I have two) while mains are being cleared and dessert is being served
-Dessert is eaten and plates cleared
-He gives his speech and then I give mine
-Then we move onto cake cutting and then first dance
I’m sure I’ve seen couples greet the guests while they’re eating but now that I’m thinking about it, I wonder if that’s weird?! Also, our DOC said she thinks we just should get all of the speeches out of the way first because people won’t listen while they are eating or being served. But I think having to sit through seven speeches is a bit much all at once! My FI is Irish and apparently they have a tradition where the guests bet on how long the speeches will take so he wants them all at once. But our guest is maybe 20% or less from Ireland so it will only be a small portion playing that game!
Any feedback or real life experiences on how this scenario worked (or otherwise!) is welcome! Thanks ladies!