(Closed) Custom greeting to thank our guests

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Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I kind of feel like, even with doing this most people at the wedding will expect you to walk around each table… I don’t think most people will realize this is supposed to be inplace of that. 🙁

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Looks good to me. Maybe for his parents you could just thank them for raising such a wonderful son and leave it at that.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@roxy821: I agree with the PP that people will not realize that this message is in place of that. We are doing table photos so going from table to table to take a picture of each and just talk for a couple of minutes. We are going to do this during dinner so we will try to eat as quickly as possible (and have some food set aside for us) and then we will go around while people are eating. We saw another couple do this at their wedding and they still danced a whole lot. Could this be a possibility for you?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@roxy821: I totally agree! That is my problem as well– that you will never make everyone happy and to say that people will always talk about something is so true! I don’t think youre wrong to actually want to enjoy your own wedding at all! I hear of all the time how the wedding couple didn’t even get to eat their meal, or dance at their wedding (other than the formal dances like first dance, father daughter dance etc.), and also how they were so tired after the wedding that they didn’t even get to enjoy their wedding night! I think you should def do what you want to do because it’s your and your FH’s wedding and if youre not having fun or enjoying your wedding there seems to be little point in the whole thing… but was just giving my input that I don’t think your guests would realize that the speech is inplace of going around tables and greeting everyone… as to how to make them recognize that that is what it is… I have no suggestions 🙁

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

ohh actually, this with a receiving line will work well. You didnt mention in your original post you were planning on having a receiving line. Actually, the receiving line is all you really need then. If you also want to do this speech before walking in, it’ll be like an extra bonus to the guests. I think this is a nice idea.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@roxy821: I totally understand that concern. We are trying to think of a way to slyly (and politely) take a picture and then move on. The thing is that you just have to be good at getting out of conversations – which can be hard. I know that my Fiance is MUCH better at doing this than I am so it will be up to him to make sure we move on. People will understand! Also – will you be seeing some of these people at any other time ie the rehearsal dinner or the day after?? We are having 80+ people (out of our 135 guests) at our rehearsal dinner and we are doing an open house brunch the day after so we have decided that if we have spent time talking to them at the rehearsal dinner or we know theyll be at the brunch then we arent going to make too much of an effort to talk to them at the wedding!

Weddings are kind of funny like that arent they? You want to have as much time with your new husband and your friends and family that you are close to but at the same time you want to make sure that all of your guests feel appreciated and welcomed. Its bizarre!!

PS – 22 days!!! 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I agree with the other posters that people won’t realize the speech is in place of going to every single table. How about adding that into the speech? Here’s an example:

“We wish that the night could go on forever and that we could come to everyone of you personally and thank you for coming, so if we don’t make it to you please take this thank you in advance and know that we are honored to have you share in this moment of a lifetime for us!”

I also totally understand where you are coming from with wanting to actually enjoy your own wedding. And why shouldn’t you guys? I think people understand that there are more guests then you two will have time to get around and talk to, and if they want to talk about it later oh well, so be it, right? Don’t sweat the small stuff girl. And hey, here’s an idea, what if you had your parents going around and saying thank you to a few people as well? Then you and your husband go to the most important people that you want to share a special moment with and voila! People will feel included and loved. and remember, you guys are going to have thank you notes, and you can always put something in there about it too. “The night was beautiful and to be able to share it with you was so special, I only wish we could have spent some time together but you know weddings, non-stop from begining to end! But I hope you had a wonderful time and thank you for you gift of…..”.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think haveing a recieving line & doing the speech before walking in is a great idea. Sorry; but I don’t agree with adding any kind of apology or wish there was more time or you know weddings type of info. I don’t think it’s necessary. Honestly; I think it would make people realize even more that you didn’t go to their table. Kind of like pointing out the obvious. I think the recieving line & speech are plenty. Most people that really want to talk to you will walk up to you and speak to you at the reception… after all that is the reason they are there… to share their joy with you on your special day! Don’t fret or feel like you need to explain anything. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@roxy821: I agree with DemoDreamer that it might be better not to point it out that you aren’t going to to around to all the table. I really think what you have will be fine-receiving line and speech before walking in. Also, I really like the idea pilotsgirls had about putting a line in the thank you note about wishing to have had more time to spend with the guest personally– getting that in a note after the wedding I think woud certainly make me feel special.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

DemoDreamer We all handle things differently, and every family is different. I honestly think she doesn’t need to do anything special either then a recieving line either. I was just trying to give some ideas on what might work since it sounded like she was really anxious about this. That’s why she posted this to get different opnions and ideas, and I gave mine. To each her own.

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