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    • MrsC2bee
      CommentAuthorMrsC2bee
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 1st 2015
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    I haven't been to a huge amount of wedding and all the people I talk do don't really have an answer but we are trying to sort times out for the day as would like to start on getting all the invites ready as making them ourselves. So does this sound about right or need tweeting?
    ceremony at church 1pm-2pm
    Photos outside church 2-2.30
    Travel to reception 1/2hr
    Arrival drinks and canapés and more photos 3-4 ( people will also be able to check In and got to room to freshen up ect)
    Sit down meal 4-6
    Set up for evening 6-7
    Evening 7pm onwards?
    How does this sound or should it be arrival drinks to meal 1.5hr so meal starts at 4? Or should we push the ceremony to 2? As also need to think about running late to wedding or whatever. The church are happy for us to choose time and so are the hotel just feel puzzled as to what times to agree to. Help please :D xx
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Jul 2nd 2015
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    Looks fine.

    I'd just allow 1.5 hours for arrival drinks, canapés and photos to then start the wedding breakfast at 4.30pm. Are you having a receiving line? If so that is another half hour from 4.30pm to 5pm, then wedding breakfast at 5pm to 7pm, evening receptions can start at 8pm after speeches and cake cutting.

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    • MrsC2bee
      CommentAuthorMrsC2bee
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 2nd 2015
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    What's a receiving line? Think I'll move it over so is 1.5hrs thanks :)
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 3rd 2015
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    Here is some info I found that may help:

    Why Have One?

    A receiving line is the best opportunity to greet each guest individually and thank him or her for coming to your wedding. And if you're having more than 50 guests, it's considered proper etiquette. The line also guarantees your guests a minute of face-to-face time with you, a chance to hug, kiss, and congratulate you both, and to say things like "The ceremony was lovely." If you rely instead on the more casual greet-them-as-you-see-them approach, you may spend the whole party in a tailspin, ducking out of conversations to say hello to people you haven't greeted yet, and inevitably you'll end up missing someone.

    When & Where?

    Generally the receiving line is formed immediately following the ceremony or at the beginning of the reception. You'll want to take spatial constraints into consideration when choosing where to line up so that family and bridal party members aren't standing on top of each other and guests have room to move in a smooth, orderly procession (which in turn makes the line go faster so you can all get on to the party). Proper ventilation is also crucial to avoid sweaty brows and swooning bridesmaids. The most commonly used ceremony site areas include the hallway or vestibule at the head of the aisle, outside the entry doors, down the front steps, or on the front porch. At your reception site the options are many, depending on the party space: consider the cocktail lounge, the lobby, just outside the doors leading into the main room, or the reception room itself, perhaps on the dance floor. Ultimately, pick a spot where you and your guests can stand comfortably for the duration.

    Who Stands in it?

    Traditionally, the bride's parents -- as hosts -- head the receiving line and are first to greet guests, followed by the bride and groom and then the groom's parents. Many lines we've seen also include the entire bridal party (if there's room), and sometimes even grandparents (if they're able). Today, however, with more couples contributing to or paying for their own weddings, the lines have blurred (so to speak). The couple may wish to stand alone, especially if the majority of guests are their friends, or they may stand with just the moms while the dads circulate among and welcome the crowd during the cocktail hour.

    Divorced & Remarried Parents

    This may be one of the stickier situations you'll encounter when orchestrating the big day, and the resolution often depends on the relationships between the relevant parties. If your parents are divorced, they should not stand next to one another in line -- even if they are sharing hosting duties -- as this gives the impression that they are still a couple. Instead, place Mom on one side of you and the groom, then the groom's parents, then Dad. If this arrangement doesn't sit well, consider placing another family member or an honor attendant between them. And what about stepparents? Should you include them too? That depends: Do you have a good relationship with them? Is your mom/dad capable of sharing this duty with your stepmom/dad with civility and grace? You should strive to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible. If this arrangement gets the green light, simply have your father stand with his new wife, and your mother with her new husband. This way guests will understand the relationships.

    Introductions All Around

    The receiving line is where your hosting duties as the bride and groom kick off. It'll no doubt be a whirlwind of faces, but as much as possible you should introduce your new spouse and your parents to all the guests they have not yet met. First names and the guests' relationships to you should suffice. Likewise all guests should take it upon themselves to offer this same information as introduction to attendants and family members whom they've never met as they proceed down the line; simply shake hands, offer congratulations, and keep moving. The bride and groom need only accept everyone's hugs, kisses, and best wishes, and thank them for coming. It's that simple. And yes, you'll end up with a lot of lipstick on your cheeks, but fear not -- you're allowed to make a bathroom pit stop before heading to the party.

    Variations on a Theme

    As is common nowadays, traditions such as the receiving line are ultimately open to interpretation. Depending on the size of your guest list, you may opt to greet guests in other ways. One couple we know personally dismissed guests from their seats right after the ceremony, one row at a time (although we wouldn't recommend this for gatherings of more than 150 people, or if guests have to remain seated -- and suffer -- through hot sun, rain, strong winds, or other inclement conditions). If you have fewer than 50 guests, you might decide to turn cocktail hour into the meet-and-greet opportunity instead of a formal receiving line. Whatever you choose, the basic tenets still apply: Greet each of your guests in turn and thank them for joining you on this joyful occasion.

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    • KirstyR386
      CommentAuthorKirstyR386
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 3rd 2015
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    Be careful with a receiving line though. If you have 60 guests and you speak to each one for a minute, you've just eaten up an hour of your day.

    We are going to get up between each course and each do half the tables then swap between the next course so we can speak to each table and thank them but then we've done 10 people at once. X
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 3rd 2015
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    Yeah I was thinking the same as we have about 64 people coming. I plan on mingling during out cocktail hour and having a "Bridal Pit Stop" chair on a few of the tables that we have where there is space so we can do the same as you Kirsty and mingle with several people at once

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    • MrsC2bee
      CommentAuthorMrsC2bee
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 3rd 2015
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    I don't think me n oh would be comfortable in a receiving line tbh as not really type ppl to stand there n get all that attention in one go n I'm quite happy to mingle n if we don't speak to ppl then that's their issue as they should make effort to speak to us! I'm going to message church and hotel to confirm times and sort transport out so have it set then can crack on with invites :) just feels so final when the invites are made lol x
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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 4th 2015
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    It looks ok, although I would agree with 3-4:30 for drinks and photos, as photos can take a while and not everyone will arrive straight away. Is it a full wedding breakfast? Two hours may be a little bit short if you're having a three course meal and speeches. If the meal and evening do are in the same room you also need to allow time for changing the room around. Your venue will be able to advise you as to how much time they would normally allow.

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    • MrsC2bee
      CommentAuthorMrsC2bee
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 5th 2015
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    Yer it's full wedding breakfast not sure how long speeches will be though as we aren't really ones for lots talking but do want to do few presents plus hopefully a surprise song or two. Will email hotel tomorrow and ask what they recommend as can't remember what they said. I think turn around for room is an hour x
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    • CharlotteE98
      CommentAuthorCharlotteE98
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 5th 2015
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    Looks fine to me. Pretty much the same as we had :o) We were going to have a receiving line before the wedding breakfast, but our photos over-ran slightly and everyone had just bundled in!

    Don't forget speeches aswell. We did ours before the wedding breakfast and it was roughly half an hour.
 
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