Cincinnati Wedding Advice – Skip This Old Wedding Tradition

SKIP THE RECEIVING LINE

This weeks Cincinnati wedding advice concentrates on skipping an old wedding tradition and how to replace it. Over the years, wedding traditions will change. I remember when I was a kid going to weddings, there was always a receiving line. The bride and groom would always meet every guest at the end of their aisle and dismiss them to the reception. It is a nice way to say thanks to everyone who attended your wedding, but it also can take a VERY long time. I’ve personally seen a receiving line take 45 minutes. This is 45 minutes that could be spent at your cocktail hour (greeting guests) or taking your family formal pictures. Or, if you decided not to a first look, you’ll have LOTS of pictures yet to be taken and this is the time you would be doing it.

Obviously you don’t want to be rude and you want to greet your family and friends and thank everyone for coming to your big day. So, if you skip the receiving line, how do you do that?

OK, I’ll SKIP THE RECEIVING LINE – NOW WHAT!?

Generally, as the bride and groom, you will eat first. So by the time you are done eating, your guests are still getting their food and eating themselves. This is a wonderful time to walk around and say hi to everyone. Being at their tables, it allows you to say hello to 8 to 10 people at a time, which is obviously more efficient then the receiving line back at your ceremony site. As your photographer, this is a great time to follow you two around and capture some candids and lots of hugs as you greet everyone.

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Another more recent alternative I’ve discovered is something we’ll call ‘Freeze Frame’. This is after a horrible 80s song of the same name. The DJ calls the bride and groom out to the middle of the dance floor and all the guests who would like a picture with the bride and groom line up along the dance floor. As the song plays (it can be any song) guests or groups run onto the dance floor individually to get a picture with the bride and groom. It doesn’t take long for the groups to start trying to top one another. I’ve seen push-ups, cheerleader pyramids, bride and grooms tossed in the air. So not only do you get some hilarious pictures, but also a picture with each guest.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for traditions, but I’m also all for having sufficient time to take your picture and not rushing a couple through their wedding day. Skip the receiving line and save yourself some valuable time!

Cincinnati Wedding Advice

SKIP THE RECEIVING LINE

This weeks Cincinnati wedding advice concentrates on skipping an old wedding tradition and how to replace it. Over the years, wedding traditions will change. I remember when I was a kid going to weddings, there was always a receiving line. The bride and groom would always meet every guest at the end of their aisle and dismiss them to the reception. It is a nice way to say thanks to everyone who attended your wedding, but it also can take a VERY long time. I’ve personally seen a receiving line take 45 minutes. This is 45 minutes that could be spent at your cocktail hour (greeting guests) or taking your family formal pictures. Or, if you decided not to a first look, you’ll have LOTS of pictures yet to be taken and this is the time you would be doing it.

Obviously you don’t want to be rude and you want to greet your family and friends and thank everyone for coming to your big day. So, if you skip the receiving line, how do you do that?

OK, I’ll SKIP THE RECEIVING LINE – NOW WHAT!?

Generally, as the bride and groom, you will eat first. So by the time you are done eating, your guests are still getting their food and eating themselves. This is a wonderful time to walk around and say hi to everyone. Being at their tables, it allows you to say hello to 8 to 10 people at a time, which is obviously more efficient then the receiving line back at your ceremony site. As your photographer, this is a great time to follow you two around and capture some candids and lots of hugs as you greet everyone.

Cincinnati Wedding Advice

Another more recent alternative I’ve discovered is something we’ll call ‘Freeze Frame’. This is after a horrible 80s song of the same name. The DJ calls the bride and groom out to the middle of the dance floor and all the guests who would like a picture with the bride and groom line up along the dance floor. As the song plays (it can be any song) guests or groups run onto the dance floor individually to get a picture with the bride and groom. It doesn’t take long for the groups to start trying to top one another. I’ve seen push-ups, cheerleader pyramids, bride and grooms tossed in the air. So not only do you get some hilarious pictures, but also a picture with each guest.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for traditions, but I’m also all for having sufficient time to take your picture and not rushing a couple through their wedding day. Skip the receiving line and save yourself some valuable time!

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