Monday, July 26, 2010

Wed-cap: Making the rounds

After Kristian and I quickly ate our meal...well Kristian ate, I picked at the food...we made the rounds to say to hello to all the guests at the tables while they ate. We did this in lieu of a traditional receiving line which takes a lot of time and always feels awkward to me.

It didn't take very long to hit all the tables and say some quick hellos, give some hugs and make sure we talked to every guest.

*Kristian's wedding ring was his grandfather's wedding band. His grandparents were married for over 60 years when his grandfather passed away. Here's the photo of Kristian showing the ring to his grandmother whose husband wore it for 60 years.*

*Kristian kissing his other grandmother. Both of his grandfathers and all of my grandparents have passed away so the two grandmothers were the only grandparents there*

*Showing my rings to my mother in law and her friend*

*Getting a hug from my mother in law*

*Kristian finally getting to meet my friend Emily and her husband. Now he can no longer ask "Whose Emily?" whenever her name comes up which has become a running joke between us.* *Me hugging Kristian's uncle whose a Major General and wore his dress uniform to the wedding. We were afraid he wouldn't be able to make it to wedding after he was sent to Haiti for several months for Earthquake relief but fortunately he was sent home right before the wedding.*

*Kristian talking to one of our day of coordinators*

*Kristian and my Uncle Bill*

*Kristian's cousins*

*My brother showing Kristian and my other uncle something on his iPhone. It doesn't surprise me at all the my brother had his iPhone out during the reception.*

I think that eating quickly and then making the rounds to each table to say hello to all the guests worked out well for us. It was very important to greet everyone and thank them for coming and this seemed to be the most effective way to do it. I think that guests really do appreciate it when couples take the time to come and greet them at some point during the wedding.

How did you/are you planning to say hello to guests?


april said...

We did the receiving line at church. We weren't going to, but it rained and that kind of stopped any exit we would have had. We kind of separated and walked around during the reception saying hi to mostly family and family friends. Nothing organized. I actually did eat a lot. I hadn't eaten all day. The head waitress came and got me at every course and made sure I ate and had anything I wanted. I've been at weddings and missed courses so I appreciated that.

It looks like you all had a great time and had the happy bride face all night long.

Gaynor said...

Lovely to have photos of all these moments.

We did do a traditional receiving line before dinner to make sure I said hello to everyone otherwise I felt I wouldnt have had time, especially since we then had more guests arriving in the evening.

I love that he has his grandfathers ring.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Great pictures. That's really nice you have some pictures to look back on especially with the grandparents!

We plan to make the rounds after we eat as well.

Bicoastal Bride said...

I love the shots of your MIL and her friend checking out your ring. We got a few fun shots like that, too.

Jen said...

I like this method of greeting guests much better than a reception line. I agree with you that they feel awkward, especially for people who are only close to the bride or the groom and don't know their families or other friends.

I would much rather take a few minutes to say hi to each guest individually without the pressure of a line behind them.

bananas. said...

i love the photos of kristian and his grandmothers and the one of you hugging your mother-in-law.

the photogs totally caught a moment. awwww.

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

We totally wanted to do this and time just got away from us. It didn't happen at all which was so frustrating! You got some great shots and there were a lot of people on both sides that me and Mr Fix It didn't get to introduce each other to which was a bummer.

Mrs T said...

Wow that photo of Kristian showing the ring to his Grandma just melts my heart.

bekapaige said...

I just love the photos with the Grandmas... those will be so precious as the years go by! I really treasure the pictures we have with our grandmas from our wedding, so glad your photographer caught those moments for you!