Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tips if you don’t want a formal wedding receiving line…

While many bride’s choose to do traditional wedding lines, we are seeing more and more brides who opt not to do formal receiving lines. The good news is there is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to a wedding line, however, it can sometimes be tricky to avoid since most guests line up wherever the bride and groom stand. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare for no receiving line so your night runs smoothly:
#1 Announcement. One great way to avoid a line is to have your officiant announce to the guests after the ceremony is over that the bride and groom will not be having a formal line and will be greeting the guests during dinner. This helps the guests know what to do next and when they should expect to greet the couple. Make sure to let your photographer know so they can wisk you off right after the ceremony to start taking pictures before any guests get to you first. Also have your event Hostess or DJ announce it periodically through out the night to ensure that all guests are aware and reminded of this.
#2 Make a sign. Another great way to inform guests is through making a simple sign. For example you could say something like “the couple will not have a formal greeting line this evening and will be greeting each guest at individual tables”. Again, this helps communicate to the guests that they can go ahead and sit at their tables and they know they will get to greet the bride and groom as the night goes on.

Having your event run smoothly is all about communication and planning so hopefully these two ways will help ensure that your wedding night runs as planned!
Post by Elysha

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