(Closed) How long do you think it would take to dismiss guests by row??

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Im interested in this as well!

Post # 4
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t think it would take any longer than a receiving line of sorts at the back of the chapel – i.e. greeting them as they leave the chapel as opposed to greeting them as they leave the row.  I would only be concerned if people don’t get the idea of it and start to get up and leave the pews before you get to them.  I would say 20-30 minutes sounds reasonable for that many people…as long as you keep moving them along, you should be able to keep it closer to 20 minutes!

Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t think I understand. Why would you need to dismiss them by row?  Why couldn’t they just get up and exit on their own?

Post # 6
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My cousin did this at his wedding. We left by row and he hugged/greated his side, while she did her side (with them both speaking to some people too). They had about 400 people and it only took about 15 minutes I swear. It was REALLY fast. I actually liked it a lot. They only had a short time between the ceremony and reception for pictures which is why they did it.

Post # 7
398 posts
Helper bee

Just attended a wedding that did this.  At first I was confused but it was a nice way for the couple to make sure they said Thank you and guests to say Congrats.

I think there were around 75 people at the church and it took about 20 minutes to complete.  They had their reception right there at the Church, so there were other things to do while the couple dismissed the rest of the pews.


Post # 9
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@oracle: We’re seriously considering this, too. But we will have maybe double the number of guests to greet, so I have to figure out if it’s feasible.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s a great alternative!

Post # 10
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@oracle:  oh I see. thanks for the explanation.  I’ve never seen that done before but it totally makes sense in the situation you’re describing.  

Post # 11
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to a wedding where they dismissed by row and I don’t think it took that long.  Maybe 15 mins with more than 130 people.  You have to subtract bridal party and people who may have snuck to the bathroom or left early.  I didn’t have a problem with waiting, it was fine!

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