With guests traveling from near and far to join in the wedding festivities, it’s no surprise that most couples hope they’ll be able to greet each and every person at some point during their wedding day. But with tight timelines, big emotions, and guest lists soaring over 100 people, it can feel like there aren’t enough minutes in the day. Is there a way to make the rounds and spend a moment or two with every one of your guests? Our experts have a few tips.
First things first: Toss out that old standby, the receiving line. “They’re dated, create a traffic jam at the exit of your ceremony or the entrance to the reception, and can really kill the mood for guests who are stuck waiting,” says (Mindy Weiss)[http://mindyweiss.com/”], celebrity wedding planner and and (Wedding Paper Divas Style Partner)[https://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/promo/mindyweiss.htm”]. “But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to connect with each of your guests and thank them for joining you on your big day.” Weiss encourages her clients to make the rounds from table to table, instead. Of course, finding time to eat dinner and enjoy your own party is of paramount importance, so follow her easy advice:
“Break up your visiting by stopping at just a few tables at a time. You’ll be able to say hello while still enjoying the early parts of the festivities,” Weiss says. “Begin during the first course, but pause every few tables to get on the floor for early dance sets or to sit down and have a bite to eat. Then head back out to the tables to continue saying hello.”
It’s never ideal, but be prepared to not have a chance to eat an entire meal. Instead, ask your caterer to plate your dinner early, either skipping the salad course and going straight for the entrées or sneaking off during cocktail hour for an early dinner. “You could also ask your caterer to pack up your meals so you can indulge in them later, when you’re finally relaxed,” says Weiss. While your guests are having their entrées, before it’s time for the first dance or to cut the cake, continue to make the rounds. Then, if there’s anyone you missed, be sure to seek them out on the dance floor!
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