(Closed) Bride and groom releasing the guests?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper

Both of my cousins did this at their weddings. It was a great way for them to see their guests and then less pressure on table visits during the reception! As they “ushered” guests out, they had a slideshow of photos playing to entertain those waiting to exit.

I actually think that we may do this same thing. 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have been to multiple weddings that have done this and it is what we are planning on doing.  A couple of reasons why…

1) It is faster than a receiving line.  I have found that there are always a few people who think of a receiving line as an opportunity to “catch up” with the bride and groom… thus slowing things down.  By the B&G releasing the guests, it is quick due to the standard hug and congratulations.

2) Although we also plan to visit tables at the reception, we avoid being stressed by the need to visit with every guest at every table.   If a guest is in the restroom or getting a cocktail when we visit?  No problem!  If we run our of time and want to dance, no problem!  By releasing the guests at the ceremony, we gurantee a face-to-face interaction.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

haha plus you find out who was ACTUALLY at the ceremony and who just snuck in for the reception =)

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

One of my best friends did this at her wedding and I found it extremely special! It really shows that they appreciate you being part of their special day. I wanted to do this so bad, but my fiance has never seen it and doesn’t understand it. We also don’t have a ton of time between our ceremony and reception, so we will just have the traditional receiving line outside the ceremony.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

question though: as guests, were you a little annoyed you had to wait so long before you could head over to the cocktail hour? 

Post # 9
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@Mrs. Meowerson: Hmm, I honestly don’t remember. Those weddings were several years ago. That’s my fiance’s concern as well.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Gemstone: i love the idea of knocking down everyone at once without the formality of a receiving line, but i think as a guest, i’d get antsy.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Can someone explain this to me.  I’ve never seen this or hear of it so I can’t really imagine what this is or how it works.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@indibee:  Oh ok that makes sense.  I’ve actually never been to a wedding with a receiving line so maybe that’s why I didn’t get the concept of this at first.  The weddings that I’ve been to the guests just exit the ceremony and go to the cocktail hour and the bride and groom either circulate during the cocktail hour or make table visits during dinner.  

I really like the slide show idea mentioned earlier.  this may relieve some of the antsiness for the guests towards the back.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

How long should we wait to come back?  We want to do this but Im not sure how long to wait until we come back to release the rows.. and what to do before we come back.. Do we just have a short moment together and then release guests or am I missing something?  Do the bm and gm just go freshen up until the ending pictures?

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