So today I just wanted to drop a quick line regarding the traditional Meet & Greet that usually takes place at the doors of the church just after the couple have walked back down the aisle as the new Mr & Mrs. As a photographer I have noticed recently that some couples are opting not to do any official greeting line at this point and instead doing a more relaxed meet and greet back at the hotel. Personally I think this is a great idea as it can often take up to 40 minutes to greet all your guests at the church door.
In my experience by not doing the meet & greets at this point the time saved can be very beneficial as the rest of the day progresses. It means that the couple can move off quicker for their photographs while the guests can get checked in at the hotel etc that little bit earlier allowing everybody more time to enjoy the day. It also means that the B&G will have more time to meet their guests back at the hotel having got the photographs finished early and again will be more relaxed and able to enjoy spending real time with their guests. Some couples will do an official meet and greet as guests are called into the meal which again is a good idea as people are more relaxed at this stage and most will have had a chance to offer their congratulations to the happy couple by now anyway.
So thats my little tip for the day :-). As a photographer I want to capture your wedding day as it happens and I want you to be able to enjoy as much time with your friends and family as possible and so by skipping the formal meet & greet directly after the ceremony you get to spend more real time with your guests. :-).