(Closed) Table Visits and Alternatives

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hehehehe… you don’t have time to eat, so there’s that! We chose table greets instead of a receiving line and we had 14 tables as well, and it didn’t take long at all, maybe 30-45 minutes total. And before you know it, the DJ is pulling you off somewhere to do something else, like cut the cake. If you don’t want to do the table greets though, you could always have a receiving line.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

From the wedding I was at, my bf’s cousin went around greeting guests during the cocktail hour. I’m guessing they took pics awhile before to do all of that. They maybe went to a couple of tables during the reception quickly to ask if everything was okay, but they spent more time sitting, eating, and dancing, which is the whole point. They enjoyed their guests, greeted, and enjoyed the rest of their night.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We also plan to take advantage of the cocktail hour to greet our guests.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

This is a good post, I also feel like it would take so long, we’re having 250 guests which will be over 20 tables.  My FH feels the same way, is there any other way to move it along? Do you greet every person?  Quick hi and bye? 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are planning on taking photos after the ceremony, but actually doing an aftershoot the next day too.  This should give us time to mingle at the cocktail hour.  Just in case pics go long, we’re doing a receiving line from c-hour into dinner.  We’re not visiting tables, we want to be able to eat and dance!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I hate receiving lines, so we are planning a slightly longer cocktail “hour and fifteen or so minutes”, getting introduced then, and taking not as many posed photos, and doing table visits.

My Future Sister-In-Law brought up a cool idea that we are debating instead- having the bride and groom release people just after the cermony, get some hugs and hellos in, then meeting up at cocktail hour.  Anyone have experience with B&G releasing guests after the cermony instead of the ushers? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I don’t know if I would hide out in the bridal parlor. It would be nice to have an intimate moment because after that time is up you’ll be greeting and around people all night until you leave probably exhausted. If it were me, I would greet close family and quickly mingle with others.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Lemondrop- We went to my FI’s coworker’s wedding last summer and they did the ceremony release. I was not a fan. I felt like it was kind of awkward. Everyone was waiting to leave the ceremony and watching the bride and groom release guests. It was also strange because the bride and groom did the release very quietlt. I did not know the bride well and it was just kind of uncomfortable for me.

We are going to try to greet people at the cocktail hour.

Oh and Laylabelle, I intend to eat some dinner and a piece of cake at my wedding. I am going to ask my DOC to make sure Fiance and I both get food and that people don’t bother us for 15 minutes so we can eat.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, I don’t care for the ceremony release either. I didn’t know it had a name. I just remember after the bride and groom walked out, everyone stayed in their seats and my friends and I were all like “What is going on, why are the parents not being escorted out?”

I think the table visits won’t eat up that much time. If you eat at the beginning of the dinner, by the time you are finished, your guests will still be eating. I think this is prime time for visits. Some tables will be full of people like parents friends or distant relatives, which will turn out ot be a three minute “yeah, we’re going to Hawaii, thanks so much for coming.”

You just won’t be able to have a good conversation with everyone at your reception, it’s near impossible. (Especially if you are like me and have just under 200 guests!) Don’t worry if you don’t get a chance to sit down and talk to everyone individually. Whole table stop-and-chats are fine.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re going to hide out for a few minutes to collect ourselves for sure, but not the whole time! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The ceremony release takes foreeeeeeeeeeeever too. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We were convinced by our close friends to take photos before the ceremony (with a “first look” of course) and then be present for our entire cocktail hour.  That way, we can skip the receiving line AND table visits.  We’ll just greet everyone and thank them for coming at the cocktail hour, then be able to really enjoy the whole reception! 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@jayli – Good idea! We had them do that too, but we were too nervous/excited/pulled in a million directions to even get a full bite in. Despite our best intentions, it just didn’t happen. Oh well, we made up for it later that night – I think I ate everything in sight!

Also, we had our pics taken before the ceremony, with very few afterward, so we skipped cocktail hour and went straight to the reception, giving us more time to meet and greet.

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