Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Greeting Freakout!

I am going down in wedding hell history for this one if I don't get my words out the proper way. I have been trying to figure out the best and most time efficient way to greet all of our guest. ::Exhale:: There, I said it!

Not that I don't want to spend time with my guests {because I honestly do}, I just don't want to be {how do I say this nicely}, interrupted the entire night. If it were up to me, I would have a three day weekend wedding affair and spend tons on quality time with each one of my family and friends. However, the blunt reality is that I have FOUR HOURS {not including cocktail hour} to mix and mingle. {Do you see where this is heading!}

Technically I have three options:
1) Do a receiving line
2) Join my guests at cocktail hour
3) Do table visits

I have issues with all of these options! Let's go through them, shall we!

A receiving line is cool and all, but I feel like they fit the best with church weddings. We aren't having a church wedding. And even if we did a receiving line, it's still common courtesy to make table visits. My other issue is that my cocktail hour starts IMMEDIATELY after the ceremony. I don't want people to miss out on the food and roaming the garden by holding them up in a line.

The next option is actually taking part of the cocktail hour with the guests. I have major issues with this. I always dreamed of a grand entrance at the reception {the whole idea of being introduced for the first time as Mr. & Mrs.}. I feel like that would be tarnished by us going to cocktail hour. Plus, cocktail hour may be the only time I eat that day and I'd really like to do that in private with just the bridal party. I think I might be too excited to eat at dinner {which is ok because I'll take my food to the hotel!}. So this option is out.

That brings me to table visits. 150-160 guests = 15-16 tables. That seems like one hour right there, YIKES...

When you do the math, that brings 4 hours down to 3. Add in the 1st dance, bride and father, groom and mother, bouquet toss, garter removal, garter toss, anniversary dance, cutting the cake...and I'm freaking out! Where is the party time!!! Two years of planning for 2 hours!!!!

This is why I need an extra hour added to my wedding!



Blogger LauraAnn said...

My fiance and I are having the same issue. We obviously want to thank/talk to our guests but we want time to enjoy ourselves at OUR wedding. And I 100% agree with all of your arguments on the three options!

Good luck and I will be interested to hear what you end up doing because we are still clueless what to do at this point!

March 18, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jonezy said...

Heyy Goldie. We will be saying our thanks at the beginning of the reception, and at the end We are having a "thank you and goodbye" line lol. Which means we will be at the door as all of our guests are leaving out and will get our well wishes etc... then. We only have 3 hours for our reception, not including the cocktail hour. So that's what I came up with!

March 18, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Goldie said...

Thanks for understanding LauraAnn!
I thought I was horrible for thinking this way, but its good to hear I'm not alone!

Jonezy, that's actually a great idea! i love how you said "thank you and goodbye" lol. I may have to incorporate this! :-)

March 18, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Eliana@BYSE said...

Don't know what to tell ya! Ask your planner. LOL

March 18, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Mrs H said...

I went to a wedding once where after the bride and groom walked down the aisle after the ceremony they came back and walked down again stopping at each row and dismissing the guests. I know it seems similar to a recieving line BUT people moved really quickly because they didn't want to keep everyone else at their seat.

March 18, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger AmyJean said...

Hmm... i'm not sure what we'll do either, maybe a smooze during and after the cocktail hour?!?!

March 19, 2009 at 6:16 AM  

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