Before we got engaged, I had planned to have a birthday party at our house for my FI's 40th birthday. We got engaged while we were in Europe so a lot of our friends hadn't seen us yet. FI's mom and brother flew up from Florida, so the birthday party seemed to turn into an engagement party too.
Holy jeez. I was pushed and pulled every which way. Come meet this person, come meet that person. Where is this? Where is that? Did you meet so-and-so yet. At one point, I had to escape and hid out on the side of the house. This is my second wedding - I was married 10 years ago. I don't remember my first wedding being like that. Maybe because I didn't have a MIL or FIL (they had passed away). I don't know. It was just insane. There were so many people I didn't even get to talk to.
I'm now even more convinced that during the reception, FI and I have a time to meet up by ourselves for a few minutes.