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September 2010 Weddings

Buffet Girls, Are you having a receiving line?

Why or why not?

At my MOH's wedding last year, she spent the entire reception talking to people instead of dancing.  I DO NOT want that to happen and it could be avoided w/ a receiving line.  But not sure if I want to sacrifice meal time to do it.  Our reception is SHORT!  Only 4 hours...
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Re: Buffet Girls, Are you having a receiving line?

  • You mean a receiving line at the buffet table?

    We're actually considering that option, but we'd have to eat first.
    If not, what about table visits during dinner?
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  • I'm doing a pew dismissal at the church, and then we'll try to make it to everyone who wasn't at the ceremony (even though they suck), and some of the other relatives who deserve a little more time. But we want to enjoy ourselves too!
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  • We have a guestlist of 415 people!!  Insane I know but we have HUGE families. 

    Salads are being served to the tables so people can start while the bridal party is being introduced and we will cut the cake as soon as we get in so they can take it to the back and start cutting it.  We will eat first and everyone will follow.  We have 4 buffet lines going due to the amount of people so we will have plenty of time to eat our meals and start our rounds.

    We are also having a 4 hour reception and have agreed that the first 2 hours we will get all of our stuff done and make our rounds.  Come 10pm we are done and will enjoy the company of our friends and family on the dance floor.  I can't see spending our entire wedding night walking around trying to track people down.

    We have also toyed with the idea of just getting on the mic and saying a big thank you to everyone just in case we don't make it around to everyone.  I think in situations such as ours people have to understand that it's not feasible for us to make it around to so many people.  I've just never been a huge fan of receiving lines because if people bring guests that the bride and groom don't know it's always such an awkward siutation.

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  • We will probably do a receiving line after the church. I don't plan on walking around to every single guest and saying hello. I want to dance!! That was the whole reason for going with a buffet so we can eat quickly and get on the dance floor. If you want to talk to me you can see me on the dance floor. I will probably do a little walking around when we first get in there but I don't plan on going around to every table - it would seriously take all night.  
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  • We are doing a receiving line after the ceremony and then we will kind of go around to tables after we are done eating but once the dancing starts I'm done...if you would like to talk to me, come out to the dance floor :)
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    We are having a 4 hour buffet reception as well, probably with around 200-220 people (don't let the siggy fool you). We're not doing a receiving line at the church so that people can get to the reception and enjoy the cocktail hour. While everyone else goes through the food line, we will be served our meals at the head table so that FI and I can eat and then we'll go around and say hi to people :)

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  • I'm toying w/ the idea of FI and I being at the head of the buffet so people can talk to us.  I want to see/talk to people, but I also want to enjoy my party.  Very conflicted right now...
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  • I plan to sit on my throne all night and if the people want to be greeted, they will come to me.

    Uhm no, have no idea how we're working this. Don't want people hanging around the church forever since DJ will be starting up and we'll have passed hor d'oerves and bar going at the reception while we're doing pictures at the church. The thought of a receiving line sends me into panic-attack mode. I'll probably just do the table thing for friends and non-immediate family members since I know they'll be pulling us aside all night anyway.
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  • Im with Danielle! With our 350 guests we would never get to eat if we had a recieving line. So we are doing what she is and having salads and bread at table we will go through and get our food first then everybody will follow by the time we are done we will head over to the tables and talk to everyone for a few and then we will cut cake while everybody is finishing up eating. We have from 6pm-130am for our reception tho so I don't have the time crunch most of you do. So if we need to spend and extra hour or whatever talking to people then so be it! I do have to get all out our photo ops out of the way first tho since our photog leaves at 9
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    We won't be doing a receiving line (Jewish weddings typically do not have them).  However, we will do "brief" table visits.  I want to be courteous, but I want to enjoy the reception I worked so damn hard to plan for the last 19 months!
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    [QUOTE]<strong>I plan to sit on my throne all night and if the people want to be greeted, they will come to me. </strong>
    Posted by rien713[/QUOTE]

    This. Exactly. You must be crazy if you think I'm going to come and tap and talk to each guest there. Our venue is small enough, they can come find me or just see me on the dance floor!
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  • I'm not a buffet girl (we're planning on plated), but I am planning on doing a receiving line after the ceremony.  I think this will take less time than visiting tables, and I think most everyone will come to the ceremony, since it is at the same location as the reception, and we have a lot of out of town guests.
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    [QUOTE]<strong>I plan to sit on my throne all night and if the people want to be greeted, they will come to me.</strong> Posted by rien713[/QUOTE]

    I will expect them to present their gifts as well so I can determine how much time they're worth.<img src="http://cdn.cl9.vanillaforums.com/downloaded/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-tongue-out.gif" border="0" alt="Tongue out" title="Tongue out" />

    FI and my dad are both fighting me on this, but I want to do a receiving line.  I would be too worried about not making it to every table because of interrupters or guests who want to talk my ear off if we didn't greet everyone after the ceremony.  I doubt anyone will come to the reception and not the ceremony since it's all-in-one and I did not give a specific reception start time, but if they do, it'll only be a handful.
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    We're not having a receiving line any where at any time. We'll make our rounds or people will find us on the dance floor or at the bar.
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  • We'll be having a sweetheart table, eating, and then going around to each table to see people for a few minutes of chatting.
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    [QUOTE]I'm doing a pew dismissal at the church, and then we'll try to make it to everyone who wasn't at the ceremony (even though they suck), and some of the other relatives who deserve a little more time. But we want to enjoy ourselves too!
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    We're doing a pew dismissal too, I've been to weddings with this version and a receiving line. The receiving line always takes so much longer. With the pew dismissal, you get the personal touch of a receiving line, but most people aren't going to have a long conversation with you there.
  • We are not doing a receiving line. We will eat quickly, and then stop by the tables and say hi/thank you to everyone - then it's PARTY time!
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    Our ceremony and reception are in the same locale and with 50-75 guests it seems sill to do a receiving line.  When we leave the cocktail hour will start and we will head up the buffet line when we return so that we can eat first and then do table visits.

  • We're having a plated dinner as well. I am also  not getting married in church. We have to do pictures during the cocktail hour so we have to get started on that asap. My wedding is very small (about 75 and some of them being children). I will walk around to the tables after we grab a bite.
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  • during dinner we will go around to each table and greet our guest he and i can eat later, unless of course we are absoutely starving then plans will change
  • we are not doing a receiving line. we are having an outdoor ceremony with the reception following and pictures in between, so we didnt wanna cut into our reception that much. My mom informed me that it is tradition in our italian family that everyone makes italian cookies and places them on a huge platter. Then FI and I have to walk around to every table and hand them out. I think its a pain but it will give us a chance to talk to everyone. As long as i can make FI carry the platter lol.
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