Our wedding: the kissing line-up
We had a seperate wedding reception with a different group of invitees from the evening dinner party. This is not uncommon in Belgium. At the dinner your best friends and close relatives are invited whereas in the afternoon you can invite people you have less close contact with but whome you also like to invite to your wedding, to a reception without dinner (e.g. colleagues?, neighbours/colleagues from parents? , ...). It all depends on your personal situation and on your budget and the number of guests. Some weddings don't have a seperate reception but only a dinner. Others have one reception/aperitif but some guests are not invited for the dinner and they know they are supposed to leave when the other people go inside for dinner, etc... That last scenario is a bit tough to organise for the caterer: it's important to give enough appetizers, canapés, snacks for the people who only come to the reception. But you don't want to completely stuff the people yet who are expected to spend the rest of the evening at the dinner table.
So during more than an hour we were lined up to welcome our arriving guests ....one biiiig kissing line :). I remember in my sister's wedding video the continuous kissing smack sounds and other brides had warned me to have the chapstick at hand. But it really isn't that bad: after all you continuously welcome new people whome you've often not seen in a while and greeting them is then very genuine and spontaneous and not a burden. The only problem is that there's hardly time to go and have a chat with them and that's really a bummer. By the time you're making your round to talk with the people, the first people start leaving again and ....you get to kiss them goodbye :D. Yep more kissing.
And then shortly after the last reception guests were gone, the other guests for the evening party started arriving and were in line again to congratulate us with some kisses :)