Post # 1
What did/ or what are you planning to do at your wedding? I want to make sure that I address my guests, but since we have a large guest list how can I address my guests without having it take up the whole wedding?
If you already had your wedding, any advice on what worked for you would be great.
Post # 3
I hate receiving lines. They are so awkward! Awkward hugs, awkward hand shakes, etc.
We went around each table. Everyone could say hello, we had some adult bevs in hand, and we were definitely less overwhelmed than RIGHT after the ceremony. We really liked it. We only got to eat some of our dinner, but it was just chicken!
Post # 4
We had a receiving line right after the ceremony as guests came in for cocktail hour, then took pics, came back and when reception started, we also visited every table…then during dinner, hubby made a welcome speech.
Post # 5
I’m having a fairly small wedding so we plan on just going around to the tables.
Post # 6
We skipped the receiving line, and went around to everyone during cocktail hour and the reception. We had a small guest list (73) and were able to get around to everyone during cocktail hour. Seeing people more at the reception was just bonus points.
Post # 7
We’re definitely going to make the full cocktail hour so that will be our social hour to meet and greet the guests. We scheduled our photos and our first look around this plan to make sure it happens. We also plan to give a thank you speech toward the end of the night to everyone. No receiving lines, no tables.
Post # 8
i’m hoping to make the rounds at cocktail hour!
Post # 9
I said “other”. We’re having a private ceremony and we’ve allocated about 3 hours between our ceremony and our reception so we’re hoping that nobody will arrive early and we, plus our families and bridal party will make it to the reception venue early so we can just greet everyone as they come in. No receiving line as such, more like an informal party where the host and hostess are already there.
Post # 10
We had a smaller amount of guests so we did a receiving line. That way it was over with and I didn’t have to worry about walking around to all the tables during the reception.
Post # 11
I know we won’t be having a receiving line. I haven’t thought much else about it yet, but I think we will probably greet our guests during the cocktail hour right after the ceremony.
Post # 12
A couple of you said something I never thought of… greeting your guest during coktail hour.
Since we are having a church ceremony we do have a gap so we would be able to take pictures and still make it to cocktail hour if we choose. So if we go around and greet everyone during coktail hours, do we still get introduced into the ballroom?
Post # 13
We did a receiving line at the end of church. Our reception was kind of short and we wanted to spend some time together partying at the reception, not going around to each table of guests.
Post # 14
we went around to each table and also had a thank you speech
Post # 15
I’m not a fan of receiving lines either. You have to hug everyone (ugggh if you have a veil!) and your guests have to wait forever to leave the ceremony location.
I voted visit tables…but if you do, make sure you do get to say at least a hello to each of your guests. I really regret not making it to all my tables!
Post # 16
@roxy – We made our cocktail hour so we could pass out our gifts. We also still go introduced. Our cocktail hour was held outside the ballroom, so the hotel staff ushered everyone inside and then we were introduced once everyone had sat down.