Post # 17
We were encouraged to greet guests, but we didn’t. Some people definitely saw me – grandparents, aunts, etc before. I didn’t mind.
Just keep in mind, you’re THE person everyone wants to see/talk to. I’m in the same boat, it shouldn’t be ‘all about the bride,’ but people will still want to chat with ‘the bride!’ So just keep that in mind, so you don’t get bombarded beforehand and have no quiet time in the moments before you get MARRIED!
Post # 18
I had a cousin who got married, and the couple met with the guests as they entered. So we saw the bride. No bad luck has rained down upon them in 10+ years either. 🙂
Post # 19
We’re having our cocktail hour before the ceremony, and Fiance and I will both be there. I want to spend as much time with our guests as possible, so I don’t care if they see me before the ceremony!
Post # 20
I’m not worrying about it. Our wedding and reception will be at the same place- on the beach. As the timeline goes, they will see me getting our photos done on the beach before the ceremony, then they will see me throughout the entire 15 min. ceremony, and 30 minutes later, we will be announced during cocktail hour. NO suspense there…
Post # 21
In Jewish weddings, the bride receives all the female guests before the ceremony while sitting on a throne and the women give her advice on marriage and being a new family. 🙂
You can do whatever feels good to you. It’s your day!
Post # 22
i hid.. but i regret it!! i should have just hung out and take photos with my guests! if i did that, i could arrive at the reception hotel (2 different locations) during the cocktail hour to take photos at my photobooth, take even more photos with my guests, and eat candies from my candy buffet.. i really feel that i wasted 40min of fun! 🙁
Post # 23
I wanted to stay out of sight before I was to walk down the isle but the way the venue is set up people will see me from the glass doors and windows before it is my turn. I think the suspense will still be there though.