Wedding Day Timeline Dilemma

posted 7 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
3712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

humblebee96 :  I haven’t been to a wedding with a receiving line for a really long time. If you don’t have anywhere else to be, I would suggest mingling with your guests at the cocktail hour instead. If you want to run off & have some alone time with your new husband and your bridal party, you could do that immediately after the ceremony since you and your bridal party will be the first ones out. You could have the bartender have drinks ready for all of you so you can grab them and go. Give guests 20 mins to grab a drink and then come back & mingle. I think this is how Fiance and I may do this 🙂

Post # 3
1031 posts
Bumble bee

I’m assuming you and the groom will be doing a first look? When will you be doing any bridal party/family photos if not during the cocktail hour? 

Post # 4
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

My timeline is very similar to yours, just moved up about an hour time-wise, but similar length (maybe half an hour shorter for mine) We are doing all our photos before the ceremony, and the “mingle with guests during cocktail hour” approach. Not a big fan of receiving lines, myself!

A suggestion my wedding planner gave was during our welcome speech at the reception (which my fiancé and I are giving) to say something at the end like “If we don’t get a chance to come to you, please come and find us, because we would love to see you and thank you personally for being here” Basically opening up anyone who really wants to see us one on one to come say hello, without us having to actually do the rounds (the hope/assumption being that we have already said hello to most people during cocktail hour so that we have the reception to enjoy ourselves without worrying about being inundated greeting guests)

Post # 5
835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

We are having a receiving line because it fits with how the venue is set up; we are getting married on the top floor and everyone will have to walk down stairs to get to the cocktail hour so we figured we’d stand on the platform between the two levels and greet everyone. We are having ~60-70 people so it shouldn’t take up too much time. 

Post # 6
6366 posts
Bee Keeper

How many people are you having? I had ~60 and did a receiving line and loved it. The photos we got were some of the best, and it did cut down the crowding at the bar. I wouldn’t want to do this with 150+ though. Ours was *maybe* 10-15 minutes? We had people come up in couples/families and really just a quick hug and “omg you look so beautiful! Congrats” “Awe thanks! Go hit the bar and we’ll chat again soon!” sort of thing. 

Cake cutting is the unofficial signal that it’s ok to leave. So it’s usually not a great idea to push it too late, so elderly or people with young kids can skip out when they need. You could even switch up your timeline to do dinner/toasts first, cake cutting, your special dances while people are eating cake, and then open the floor to everyone. If you want to maximize dancing time, that’s probably what I’d do. Anytime people can be eating while you’re doing something, they will be happy and you will save time. 

Post # 7
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We’re currently working on our timeline too. So far our timelines are very similar. I’ve only been to one wedding with a receiving line and I personally did not like it all. I was a small wedding, less than 100, but it still took so long because of how long some people wanted to talk to the bride and groom. We then had to wait in line to get food. I felt like we stood in lines for have the wedding. I also went to awedding that the bride and groom went around to each table as the food was being passed out. I thought that was very kind of them. I’m still unsure of how we will greet all guests, but I’ll try my best to not keep guests waiting.

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