Post # 1
Ok so I have a really dumb question/dilemma. Because of the setup of our venue for the ceremony and reception, we have decided to not do the traditional receiving line and instead go back down the aisle and excuse the rows as we say hello to people. I have been to many weddings that have done this and it seems to flow and work.
My mom on the other hand, swears she has never heard of or seen this done before. She is worried that people wont know what to do and will not know to stay seated after the bridal party gets down the aisle.
Is anyone else doing this? Did you put a quick note in your program? Of the weddings I have been to that have done this, I dont remember a note in the program, but it could have been because I wasnt planning a wedding at that time and paying attention to every last detail 🙂
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I would put a note in your program. I have heard of this but never been to a wedding where it was done. If you mom is not aware of the process then it’s like that many of your guests will be confused as well. If you don’t want to put a note in the program you can just have your officiant make a quick announcement. My brother and sister in law decided not to have a receiving line at all so they just had their officiant let everyone know that so that people wouldn’t start lining up with no where to go.
Post # 4
i have seen this at a TON of weddings.
usually everyone stays seated because after the bride and groom leave the ushers escort out the parents/grandparents. by time grandma is back down the aisle, the bride and groom are back at the front read to start excusing rows. people get it. and if not, have a couple ushers stationed at the back to ask people to please not leave yet.
officiant making a quick announcement would be a good idea too.
Post # 5
I have never seen or heard of it. I think it is your day ans you should do what you want. I would put it in the program, because I have never seen that in my area befrore.
Post # 6
I’ve seen this done a lot – usually with an announcement, but I have actually preferred the program approach – seemed less intrusive – one time it was barked at us like an order “stay in your seats!”