(Closed) Greeting each guest

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How did you greet your guests?
    Receiving line : (9 votes)
    24 %
    Bride & Groom greet each guest as a couple : (16 votes)
    43 %
    Bride greets some guests, Groom greets others : (1 votes)
    3 %
    We didn't (or aren't planning to) greet each guest : (4 votes)
    11 %
    other (described below) : (3 votes)
    8 %
    Both a receiving line and "rounding" during dinner : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did a receiving line.  That way we could mix and mingle at the reception without worrying about meeting with everyone.

    Post # 4
    Member
    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re doing a “receiving line” at the back of the ceremony venue as our guests leave.  I put it in quotes because it’ll just be Fi and I.  I’d also like to make the table rounds, but can’t promise that I’ll make it to all 30 tables, so that’s why we’re doing the “receiving” line.”

    Post # 5
    Member
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are having like 99% of our guests at our rehearsal dinner the night before so we are going to try to socialize with people a lot at that time. Then I think we will do pictures with each table to make sure that we have a picture with everyone! I hope this makes people feel included!

    Post # 6
    Member
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    during cocktail hour for us 🙂

    Post # 7
    Member
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are going to go around to each table and will encourage everyone to hang out with us more  – on the dance floor!

    Post # 8
    Member
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Every guest needs to be greeted. A receiving line after the ceremony or the couple dismissing the pews is the quickest route, plus you are then able to make sure that everyone is greeted. If you do table rounds, that will take forever because guests don’t know or care that you are in a hurry to greet everyone before the reception is over and you will miss certain tables which are never visited at all.

    Post # 9
    Member
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Table Rounds – and FH is keeping a buzzer in his pocket so we only do 10 minutes max at each table.  Rounds are really important to us because we’ve been at weddings where we had 0 interaction with the bride and groom and really felt our presence was unappreciated.

    Post # 10
    Member
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    Before the wedding, we’re going to stand out in the gathering space right outside the doors to the sactuary, and greet those coming in.

    Post # 11
    Member
    732 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We skipped the receiving line, but went around as a couple when we were finished eating. Most of the guests were still eating actually. We just basically said “Hi!”, “How do you like the food?”, and “Thanks for coming!”. It was annoying. I absolutely hated it.

    Worst part of the reception!

    BUT since some people were done eating, not everyone was at their tables so there were guests I never even said hi to. I hated that too.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @selene (or anyone else):  When the couple “dismisses” the guests after the ceremony, what does the wedding party do?  We will have fewer than 50 guests, so talking to people right after the ceremony would likely make sense, but I’m having a hard time picturing how the wedding party (2 Bridesmaid or Best Man and 2 groomsmen) would get away without a recessional.

    Post # 13
    Member
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    just Fi and I at a recieving line after we cut the cake as ours…

    Post # 14
    Member
    529 posts
    Busy bee

    Receiving line before cocktail hour.

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