Post # 1
I was just wondering if any of you have a plan for making sure you talk to as many guests as possible during the reception? I know that I when I go to career networking events I don’t have a problem introducing myself to people, but I find it tough to politely extract myself from a conversation. Any tips on how to move on to the next guest without being rude to the one you’re speaking with?
Post # 3
It may sound odd, but sometimes having a "wing man" or "wing woman" is helpful. Get people at your bridal party or grooms party to keep an eye on you two during the night. If it looks like you are getting desperate, have a preset plan on what they can do to extricate you from the situation(ie vendor needs your help).
In addition, remember that guests realize the bride and groom are going to be busy all night long. They understand that you can’t spend as much time with them as you’d like. I’ve never been to a wedding where a guest insisted on monopolizing time, but then again, there’s always a first!
Many couples also consider a receiving line as an option for greeting all the guests. It’s done either after the ceremony, or at the beginning of the reception. All the guests line up for pictures and to extend their wishes for the couple. This allows everyone to be greeted without making the bride and groom spend their entire evening talking to guests.
In any case, remember that it’s your night, and whatever you choose to do, enjoy it!
Post # 4
We had a receiving line that allowed us to say hi to all our guests right after the ceremony.
Other than that, I spent the entire night on the dancefloor, so if my guests didn’t get up and dance with me, they didn’t really get to talk to me!
I would have liked to visit all the tables, but I wasn’t going to miss actually partying to try and say hi to 130+ guests at 18 tables. It would have taken hours and there would ahve been no time for dancing, eating, toasting, etc.
Post # 5
i think my fiance and I will probably tag team on this issue as we move from table to table. If I get stuck talking to my relatives/family friends, he will graciously keep us moving and let them know we have other guests to visit, and I’ll do the same for him and his family/friends. We’ll have 18 tables with 150 guests…so it may take a while, but I’d rather mingle at the reception than have a receiving line.
Post # 6
My husband and I visited all 15 of our tables. We started right after we finished dinner and while guest were still eating. We would go dance and the come back. We had plenty of reasons to cut conversations short, ie excuse us for this dance, excuse us but we need to speak to some more of our guest, etc…. but we made sure to speak to all of our guest as I wanted to know how important it was to them that they came!
The time goes by fast so a wingman MOH/BM can help move things along! 🙂