Long gone are the days of bottlenecked receiving lines and brides and grooms who never get to eat because they are so focused on visiting with wedding guests at every table at their reception. Today, couples are much more relaxed about when and how they interact with their guests at their wedding. But even with a low-key approach, do you still have to make a point of saying hello to every single wedding guest? Here’s what our experts have to say.
Whether your guests are coming from near or far, of course you’ll want to greet and chat with as many as you can. But you also want to enjoy your wedding instead of spending all night making sure you’ve said hello to all 150 people in attendance! So use your time strategically.
First, remember that seeing your guests at the welcome party and morning-after brunch also counts! So greet people as they get into town and use your brunch as a chance to thank them for coming as you say goodbye.
When you’re at your reception, balance making the rounds with actually enjoying the party. Chat with whoever is at the bar, mingle with the friends you see indulging in that cheese and charcuterie spread, and do your best to switch dance partners every song to get some time in with different friends and family members. Instead of trying to visit every single table during dinner, make sure you use that time to eat (so, you know, you can dance later!). Consider a sweetheart table where guests can come to say hi to you so you can still enjoy that delicious meal you’ve chosen!
Another option is for the two of you to split up and make the rounds, allowing you to greet more guests as you divide and conquer. Of course, don’t split up all night! Spend a little time during cocktail hour mingling on your own, then make sure you’re back together for dinner. Join your friends on the dance floor, but remember that as much as you’ll want memories with your guests, what’s really important is celebrating the evening with your new spouse, so don’t spend too much time apart!