Post # 1
We are going to do table visits versus receiving line. We will have 11 tables to visit. Our photographer has us coming in, immediately doing the cake cutting and then getting our food (buffet). We will then sit and eat for 15 minutes and then start table visits.
How long do you think it would take to get through 11 tables? If I am going to be spending time with certain people before the wedding and late into the night (BM+family, MOH, family members coming to help out in the morning) do I need to spend as much time with them? We aren’t doing a head table so they will just be seated anywhere.
We will have about 30 minutes after eating to visit tables before we start our dances. I don’t think that will be enough time so is it ok to stop visiting tables, do our dances, and then try to finish up after dances or will that be rude?
About half the people attending are family or friends that we see pretty regularly.
We will also have dancing for 5 hours after dinner so I’m sure we will talk to lots of people on the dance floor or just mingling at the bar/photo booth.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@mtbikelover: We did our table visits VERY quickly, pretty much just hugged, said a few words and moved on. Just over 100 guests in about 20 minutes. Some people will want to say more to you, but the majority will just say a short congrats.
If you don’t get to see everyone don’t worry about it, they know this is the busiest day for you and will hopefully come up and see you before they leave.
Are you going around when guests are eating? It might be awkward if they get up, huge you, are chewing, etc. Just a thought…
What’s your guest count?
P.S. Make sure you make photo booth a priority for the evening, we had one and have zero pics of me and DH in them! I got a few with friends but it was a crazy evening and there was just too much to do!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@mtbikelover: 30 minutes should be plenty of time. Try to make sure guests stay seated while you say hi and thank you; if they’re seated you can go around the table rather than waiting for them to get up and come to you. Once you’ve greeted the table say something like “I really must say hello to grandpa B or uncle L” and move on. Maybe have your husband keep time for you with his watch so that you only spend a max of 3 minutes at each table. If they’re all still eating while you greet them, they will probably be pretty quiet.
Post # 5
@mchitt329: We also have just over 100 guests, of which 25 are kids. And that includes the 15-20 people that we will be hanging out with all morning. Yes…my photographer wants to do table visits while people are eating. Since it’s a buffet, she feels that it will work out fine.
I’m glad to know it only took about 20 minutes. That would be perfect!
And yes….FI and I are definitely making the photo booth a priority. I can’t wait to get some pictures in it. And I made “Thank” and “You” signs that I would love for us to hold up inside it and use for our Thank you cards.