(Closed) Reception timeline and transition from ceremony

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had a similar set up, though ours was in the same building, just on different floors. We took pictures before so that we didn’t have a wait time before the reception. We are not a fan of receiving lines but wanted to make sure we had a chance to greet everyone and thank them for coming, so we came up with an alternative.  My husband and I exited, followed by the bridal party.  After an announcement/explanation by the minister, my husband and I came back in and dismissed everyone personally.  The groomsmen, ushers, and some family members went to the reception and lit candles and prepared for the other guests, while the bridesmaids stood in the foyer and directed everyone to the reception.  When we got to the reception, everyone had found a seat and was waiting for us to cut the cake. (They didn’t have to wait long; everyone just visited during this time.)  I’ve never been to a wedding where the guests begin eating before the bride and groom, but you can do whatever you feel like doing.  We had no complaints and everything went smoothly.  If you are really worried about wait time, you could allow them to get punch or whatever you are serving to drink, so thy aren’t just sitting there waiting.  

Post # 4
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i agree with getting them punch to drink or you can have finger foods out for them to snack on (cheese and crackers/veggie dips) that way when you enter their bellies won’t be growling…

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