The Good and the Bad! No Ugly!

posted 3 years ago in Recaps
  • poll: Did you make the rounds and talk to every guest?
    Yes : (11 votes)
    50 %
    No : (11 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    2785 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Sadiepoo:  So is your question if the bride and groom missed talking to all guest bad? 


    Umm confession, our wedding was postponed and hour and a half, and everything got rushed together. By the time during the reception I wanted to go and say hi to every table, someone told the DJ it was his que to start the party and then someone pushed me onto the dancefloor in the middle of my conversation with the photog to get pics of us at tables….Then by the time I could get away, either eveyone was on the floor elsewhere…so we didn’t officially see every table….oh well…most of the people can up to me to talk anyways…so that was fine…I didn’t see everyone onthe grooms side though…but I definetly hung out with my part of the guests (or they hung out with me)…

    Post # 4
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I did my best, but I didn’t make it to one or two tables.

    I don’t think guests should hold it against the bride and groom, or the families. It is one of the busiest days of a couple life.

    Post # 5
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

    @Sadiepoo:  beautiful photos!! it sounds like everything went perfectly. I wouldn’t be upset if parents or bridal party didn’t speak to me as a guest. I often make a point of going up to parents, because I know how busy they can be or maybe they don’t know me so wouldn’t think to come up to chat. 

    Post # 6
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    First Wedding (circa 1980) we had a “short” Receiving Line at our BIG White Pouffy Family Wedding… B&G and BOTH sets of Parents**.  It worked like a charm during Cocktail Hour.

    But we also did the rounds table to table after the cake cutting with a Cake Gift Basket (small slices of Wedding Fruit Cake to take home in tiny boxes… ala the Scottish Tradition).  We had a young cousin follow us with the Guest Book 

    This time round, Mr TTR & I Eloped to a Destination Wedding (just the 2 of us).  After the Honeymoon we had a Back Home Reception Party.

    Our “Receiving Line” this time was the just the 2 of us, standing at the door as Guests Arrived and we greeted them.

    We definitely talked one-on-one with everyone.

    — — —

    Your Daughter’s Wedding looks like it was lovely.

    LOVE the place settings… so pretty.

    The wee bit of “organic” matter makes them stand out and clearly say Autumn.

    Nice touch.

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    As for your Question / Poll.

    In the Poll I voted … YES we greeted everyone (as I answered it as a Bride)

    But as a bit of an Etiquette Snob here on WBee, lol

    I clearly see that your Question (within the post itself) is more about being the Mother of the Bride.

    IF you are the Hosts of the Event (ie Paying)… then YES you should have found a way to talk to everyone and thank them for attending

    BUT in todays world where the Payees are usually the couple themselves or a combo of folks, then the Parents making the rounds isn’t nearly as important as the “tradition” where the couple gets around and talks to everyone & thanks them for coming

    Personally… I am still a fan of the Receiving Line (short version) because it is a way to ensure that no one gets missed… cause more often than not once things get underway, the attention focus changes and it is hard for the B&G to concentrate on this task, they are more then in the mood to dance & party.

    And as Guests tend to be less aware than the couple is of proper Etiquette, often times the Guests just get up and leave, without making an effort to seek out the Hosts and thank them for the Invitation / Wonderful Event before taking their leave.  So the opportunity is lost entirely.  And that is sad.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 10
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I had always wanted a receiving line right after the ceremony.  I had this vision of greeting everyone and then driving off.  Our church didn’t allow for receiving at all.  It was very important to me to get married at this specific venue so DH and I made it one of our top priorities to talk to EVERYONE at the reception.  We made rounds in between courses.  Since we were served our course first we would eat and then did some tables.  I really love that I got even just a little time with everyone we care about!

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