Wedding Wednesday: Creative Mingling

Here's an idea for anyone looking to avoid doing a receiving line...

Having empty chairs across from the bride and groom is a Scandinavian tradition I first saw at a wedding in Seattle last year, where the bride and groom chose to incorporate traditions from the groom's native Sweden. There, the signs aren't necessary, guest just know that they are invited to come and chat. 

The bride we worked with this past weekend, had been a bridesmaid in that wedding and decided to keep the tradition, adding the signs so guests not used to the custom would really get the idea. 

This is a simple way to take the pressure off of the bride and groom to do a receiving line or make it around to every table to greet everyone. This way the newlyweds can actually sit and enjoy the meal and it's up to the guests to say hello. 

More photos of Jen & Mike's wedding here


  1. I love this, I love this, I love this!

    Doing it!

    I love love love your wedding wednesday posts. Getting married in 5 months and so it's crunch time and I totally need to narrow down my choices on what to do, so this helps!
    Thank you.


    1. So glad to hear Wedding Wednesdays are helping you! Let me know if there's anything in particular you want to see in the next few months leading up to your wedding. I'd love to do whatever I can to help!

  2. This is a cute idea! I've never seen it before, but it's definitely a simple way to invite people to come say hi. Love it!

    Looking forward to all of your wedding wednesday posts in 2013! You always have some amazing tips for people :)


  3. Wow I should have done this... I'm literally crippled and I have completely lost my voice! But of course it was worth it :)