HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.

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    Re: HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.

    I much prefer receiving lines over table-hopping. 

    Unfortunately, time got away from us at the reception and we did not get to table-hop.  Very embarrassed about it.  The good news was, there was only 100+ guests so I definitely managed to talk to everyone, just not "officially".

    I have a great idea for a new way to visit with all the guests.  The bride and groom should be bartenders during the cocktail hour.  Would definitely get to see all the guests that way!  LOL.
     
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    Re: HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.

    Instead of dancing lessons, couples could take bartending!
     
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    Comogirl,Kargiver- What a great idea!bg.
     
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    Re: HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.

    As a guest, I also prefer the receiving line. I like to give hugs and shake hands, and that's much easier to do if I wasn't just eating. I always have the bad luck of taking a big bite of food just before the happy couple appears table side and having to try and swallow it quickly so that they don't have to stand and wait while I chew.

    I did go to one wedding where the bride and groom just mingled during cocktail hour as opposed to taking pictures, which they took later while the rest of us sat and ate dinner. Of course, that wouldn't work for a lot of weddings, but it seemed like a great way to get to say hello to everyone.

     
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    I also like receiving lines over table hopping, both as the bride and as a guest.  BUT by receiving line I mean the following are the ONLY people in the line:

    bride, groom
    brides parents (they'll know their guests)
    grooms parents (they'll know their guests)
    and then that's it.  no bridesmaids, maid of honor, best man, groomsmen need stand in line.  because they don't know anyone, and anyway, they aren't the ones being congratulated, it's the happy couple and the parents of the couple.  And those 10-12 people rec. lines ARE HORRIBLE for guests because a) they don't care about meeting the wedding party and b) they take for bloody ever!!!!!

    I've always thought table hopping seemed forced instead of social "I really don't want to have to talk to you but I have to, this is the rule so hi."  Because 1/2 of the couple doesn't know the people at the table, bec. it's friends or relatives of the other 1/2 - so just enjoy the party and speak to whomever you want to, and believe me, if you're available people will come up to you, too, while dancing, while mingling, at the cocktail party, or whatever.   A rec. line is for 'congrats, best wishes, thank you' short conversations - and then you have enjoy (what a concept) your own reception and mingle like you would at a party - spending a little more time with some folks than with others.

    Our wedding was a cocktail reception style - so there weren't any assigned tables but my husband and I moved around all 3 rooms of our reception (separately, too, we weren't joined at the hip except for we ate together, cut the cake together, danced together (alot!!!) except when we ate, and then a few people came up to us and chatted with us while we ate, which was nice not instrusive.  People approached us and chatted, we approached them and chatted, my poor shy husband didn't have to go table to table making social chatter (which he cannot do) with a thousand of my relatives that he didn't know.... 

    I would encourage you to have your day of coordinator, function coordinator, or just anyone (maid of honor?) make SURE YOU EAT that day.  I asked our function coordinator to find us, hunt us down, and give us a plate that was some of all of the food and escort us to a table to eat.  Because I was afraid we'd get busy and never eat, and we had stations so we'd have to hunt and gather our food, which given I was being pulled in many directions i didn't think I'd ever get food.  And when I don't get food, I get shaky, and that's bad. Plus, we knew the food was wonderful so we wanted to eat.  And we are so glad we had her do this!  We ate, it was wonderful, we weren't shaky or cranky and didn't feel like we missed our own food.
     
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    Re: HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.

    We went table by table, which I prefer to receiving lines. We only had 84 guests so we didn't have a problem talking to everyone. I disagree with CT-DC's suggestion that half of the couple wouldn't know the table: DH and I both knew everyone at our wedding, with the exception of a few parents' friends, who neither of us knew. I think by the wedding you'd have met relatives and friends important enough to be at the wedding. 

    I definitely agree with the EAT SOMETHING demand. You won't even know where the time goes and so many people will want to talk to you that if you don't force yourself to eat, you'll be starving by the end (and not have tasted your awesome wedding food! We stopped at Taco Bell--drive through in dress and tux--after our reception. Guests kept complimenting our hors d'oeuvres, but I had totally forgotten what we picked because I didn't eat any!) Our venue coordinator made sure that we ate, which was really nice. 
     
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    Re: HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.

    Listen to Alf72;  good advise.
     
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    In Response to Re: HELP!!! I can't figure out when to start the reception.:
    [QUOTE]Listen to Alf72;  good advise.
    Posted by goldevents[/QUOTE]

    Dude. Read BDC's terms of use; you can't advertise on here. 

    In other news, "advise" is a verb and "advice" is a noun.
     

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