Post # 1
I’m looking for a good way to socialize with guests at our reception. We are having a brunch reception with no dancing so we expect it to last for 2 hours or less. I have a couple of ideas but I’m not sure if they are really feasible and would love some suggestions/feedback. I really don’t want to do a receiving line because I haven’t enjoyed the experience as a guest and want to have a little longer interaction than a breif “congratulations”.
1. Idea 1 is for my FH and I to table hop. All the tables will be rectangular and we’re estimating 10-12 tables. I was thinking we’d have an extra chair at the end of each table where my FH and I could sit, chat, and eat for about 5-10 minutes per table. The food will be served family style so we could eat a little bit at each table. Would this work or just be completely chaotic?
2. The other idea is to set up a lounge furniture for socializing and give people the option to come to us. We could also integrate a photo “booth” into this so we could get photos with every guest. I don’t think everyone would come visit us and some people would stay too long so I didn’t know that this would really work.
Do you have any other ideas?
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME
saltandpfeffer : I think table hopping would be best, but don’t count on eating at each table! I would have a sweetheart table, be served first, eat really quick and then start table hopping. When people are finishing their meals, cut the cake and start getting it served, and then continue visiting.
My friend did a photo booth and she got caught taking pictures with guests and was SO burned out and pissed off afterwards. She just wanted to go enjoy the wedding reception and mingle but was isolated to the photobooth for a good hour and not happy about it.
Post # 3
How many guests are you having?
My bridal shower was a couple weekends ago, and we had 41 people in attendance. I greeted everyone as they arrived, but my fiance joined us later on and wanted to go around to the tables and say hello to everyone and have me introduce him to some family members he had not yet met. I was so surprised when I turned around and almost 45 minutes had passed! So I don’t know how many guests you are expecting or if you have any other activities planned for the reception, but keep in mind that 2 hours can go by really quickly in a situation like that!
Of the options you suggested, I think you should do table hopping. I would not leave it up to the guests to come to you, because some people may not make it over there or you might get caught up in conversation with someone else, preventing other people from saying hi to you. It could be perceived as rude if people make the effort to attend your event and then they don’t even get the chance to talk to you. So I think table hopping is the best way to ensure that you get a chance to greet each guest and thank them for attending.
Post # 4
mrsziggy : We’re estimating around 100. I definitely feel like 2 hours is going to go by so fast with us trying to talk to everyone!
Post # 5
If I had my wedding already I think I would have better advice, but I think you should just float around. I agree that getting stuck in the photo booth could be a nightmare and that trying to eat would be too much going on. Plus, if you make people come to you, they may linger and everyone won’t get an opportunity. With 100 people I think you could easily talk to everyone as long as you eat first then focus on saying your hellos.
Post # 6
saltandpfeffer : I’d table hop. The lounge idea sounds a bit too much like king and queen waiting for the peasants to come by and kowtow (hyperbole for anyone who doesn’t like the comparison). Better that you should visit your guests than the other way around.
Post # 7
We table hopped, but didn’t sit down and kept it to about five minutes at each table. That way you’ll still have an opportunity to actually eat first, visit more with some people one-on-one, take some photos, etc. Our tables were round and that did make it easier to stop in one place and quickly acknowledge everyone.
Post # 8
I had a friend who went table to table and greated people, said thank you for coming, and then got a picture with every table before moving on. It worked really well and we’re planning on doing the same! We’ll only have 7-8 tables though and a 4 hour reception so it’ll be a bit more manageable
Post # 9
2 hours is really short. Der not enough time for a photo booth, just table hop but don’t expect to eat much. We did a cocktail hour (did photos before the wedding) so that we could mingle with all our guests.