How to Greet Guests on the Wedding Day
A common question we are asked when planning a timeline for a couple is how and when they should greet their guests. There are honestly several different ways to spend time with your guests, and there are so many different ways throughout the course of a wedding day to do it. Don’t stress about when you’ll make time to see them! Here are some of the most common ways to greet guests during your wedding day:
The most traditional option that is still popular today is the receiving line. We are seeing a shift away from a traditional receiving line when a couple has a short amount of time in between the ceremony and reception because a traditional receiving line can take between 30-45 minutes. This is the receiving line where a couple is pronounced and walks to the very back of the church, with the wedding party and guests greeting them by the door. It can be a great photo opportunity (have your loved ones turn and face us and we’ll snap a photo of you both together!), but unless there is a large gap in between the ceremony and reception or a first look prior to, we feel there are much better options.
There is a second receiving line option available if you’re still wanting the greetings and hugs to happen in between the ceremony and reception and it goes much quicker! You’ll be pronounced and you’ll greet guests row by row instead of walking to the back of the church and greeting them. This still creates some beautiful memories, but without a ton of time. Your guests will feel obligated to keep the line moving since they are still in their pews and there are people behind them. But you still get a chance to say hi to everyone!
You can greet guests at the reception! Sometimes it’s just easier to eat dinner and walk from table to table after you are finished and say hi to everyone. Some people are against this option as your guests will possibly have a mouthful of food, but it is a great way to say hi and also allows you to say hi before the party really begins!
If none of these options sounds ideal to you, have you ever thought about being present for cocktail hour? Or even part of it? Sometimes it is extremely nice to just RELAX and have a drink and talk to everyone! We can absolutely help you build that into your timeline! We LOVE this option as it allows us to snap photos of your guests AND if your wedding is warmer and your cocktail hour is happening in a separate area from your reception, we’ll get a chance to grab some amazing photos of your reception space untouched!