(Closed) Do we need ushers? Also, should we do a receiving line?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we have ushers? How about a receiving line?
    Yes to ushers, no to receiving line : (4 votes)
    17 %
    No to ushers, yes to receiving line : (1 votes)
    4 %
    No to both : (16 votes)
    70 %
    Yes to both : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 4
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    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    i think you should have ushers for the ceremony, and for dismissing the rows of people after the ceremony.  but you don’t need the ushers to tell guests where to sit at the reception.  the guests will figure that out on their own if there are escort cards out.  Also, you dont necessarily need a receiving line if you make sure to go to all the tables during the reception.

    Post # 7
    Member
    197 posts
    Blushing bee

    So guests are seated at the dining tables for the ceremony? In your case, because this isn’t the usual seating situation, you may need ushers to explain they are sitting at the tables for the ceremony, otherwise people may be a little confused and might not ‘get it’ right away. I also think a recieving line might be awkward because people technically don’t have to move in between the ceremony and reception so they would be getting up and lining up where? I think going table to table with your husband to greet people is fine.

    Post # 9
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    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I don’t think you need ushers since the wedding’s in the same place and set up as the reception. As for the the receiving line, I think as long as you go around to each table to visit with guests, you don’t need the line. It takes way too long to do a receiving line.

    Post # 10
    Member
    197 posts
    Blushing bee

    I don’t even think you need to worry about spreading the word beforehand. Maybe don’t technically have “ushers”, but I would have a couple people that know the seating situation mingling around to guide people in the right direction prior to the ceremony. I don’t know what your venue is like but I would think some people might be confused and think the ceremony is taking place in another room or area unless someone says “Please take your seat at your table, the ceremony is about to begin.”

    Post # 11
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    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t think you need ushers or a receiving line. In a receiving line, you get such a short amount of time to chat with each person, and you’ll get some more quality time as you visit your tables.

    You can make a sign that goes near your escort cards or seating map explaining that people should immediately find their assigned seat, as it doubles as a ceremony seat and a dinner seat. However, if there are people you want to honor with the “usher” title, then you can certainly have ushers to help people find the correct table. I know there are times that I’ve wandered around a reception hall for quite a long time before finding my table 🙂

    Post # 13
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    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Statutory Grape: Yeah, then I’d say no to ushers. I think people will figure out it 🙂 And, yes, I’d have the chairs turned when they arrive. The staff at your venue can do that for you, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see pics of how this all turns out!

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