Post # 1
We will probably have about 130 or so at our ceremony. The pews in the chapel we are getting married at are small (4-5 people max), which I think will help speed along the process.
I’m trying to figure out how long it would take to dismiss guests by row (greeting them as we go). Does about 20 minutes sound right?
Post # 3
Im interested in this as well!
Post # 4
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
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
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
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 # 8
@Meowkers: I want to do it in lieu of a receiving line or visiting table by table. We’ll recess and then there will be an announcement for guests to stay seated and we’ll come back down and dismiss and great people as we are doing so. I’ve seen it done at other weddings, and really appreciated the fact that I was seated while it was going on (vs. standing in a receiving line) and it was fun to see the couple interacting with other people. I really don’t like the thought of going to each table – so this was the option that made the most sense for me. I just wasn’t sure how long it would take!
Post # 9
@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
@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
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!