Post # 1
Are you doing a receiving line? If so, when and how are you doing it? Also, how many guests will you have? (We are in the 175 range, which is why I’m a little worried that it might take a long time, but at the same time, it would ensure that we got to say hello to just about everyone.) I wasn’t planning on doing one, but FI has made a special request and he hasn’t asked for much, so I’m looking for ideas/advice on how to go about coordinating one!
Post # 3
No, I’m having a small wedding so I’ll walk around and greet everyone.
Post # 4
We did a variation on a receiving line. After our recessional, my husband and I reentered the church and ushered our guests out pew by pew and greeted them then. This allowed our guests to stay seated until it was their turn, and it went surprisingly quickly considering we had ~240 guests.
Post # 5
No, we didn’t. We made sure to stop and chat with every guest at the reception.
Post # 6
We aren’t doing an official receiving line, but my fiance/husband and I will be greeting guests as they enter the cocktail hour. It accomplishes the saying hello goal but removes some of the awkward formalness.
Post # 7
Nope. We had about 150 people at our wedding.
I figured even if we only gave each person 20 seconds (and I’m sure some of the older folks would take way, way longer than that), that’s still 50 minutes in a receiving line!
No way was I spending almost an hour of my precious photo time as the sun was going down to do that, and how boring would it have been to do it during the reception?
Post # 8
@calisunshine3404: Did it and loved it. I was so swamped at the actual reception, and a lot of the older people left right after dinner, making it near impossible to go greet them. lus we had those that could only attend the ceremony that we got to see.
We had roughly 200 people attend the wedding (keep in mind not nearly that amount came through–I’d guess maybe 75 of them did), and our receiving line was outside the doors of the church. It took about 30-45 minutes. People were pretty quick and just wanted to give a congrats and a hug. I didn’t have to worry about photos afterwards, and I made enough time for the receiving line to take place.
Post # 9
We only had 85 at our wedding, but we did not do a receiving line. We had a buffet. Someone brought our food first, so by the time we were done most were still eating. We went to each table and spoke to everyone thanking them for coming. It seemed to work a lot better for us and everyone was comfortable.
Post # 10
Nope. We will be mingling during cocktail hour and during dinner if we have time between courses. I call that good enough.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I think it would be too awkwardly formal. We aren’t doing a sit down dinner so it will be a little trickier to make sure to talk to everyone at the reception.
Post # 12
@Gemstone: +1 and it worked out great for us! I am so glad we did it b/c otherwise we never would have seen everyone in the reception.
Post # 13
We did. I hate receiving lines, but they do get the job done. It enabled us to enjoy the evening without worrying about speaking to each guest.
Post # 14
We did. We had 90ish guests and I think it took maybe 25 minutes max. I’m really glad we did because during dinner I just wanted to EAT!
Post # 15
@calisunshine3404: We are having between 80-120 guests (depending on RSVP) and we are choosing to skip the receiving line. We are going around to each table after dinner and making sure we connect and thank every guest for coming. Our ceremony and reception are at the same location in different rooms so if people RSVP they will most likely stay for both. If they don’t, we have thank you cards for gifts (comes with our package for photography and more than we need) so I could just send them a thank you that way. This works better for us because of timing and there is always someone in the line that wants to spend more time than you have with all your guests.
Post # 16
During cocktail hour, we took photos with each guest at the wedding (usually in couples or family groups). It was awesome, we got the chance to greet everyone, and now we for sure have a photo with every single person at the wedding! We had 135 people and it took almost the entire cocktail hour. We had put in the program that everyone should be sure to get a photo with us, and the bridal party made sure to get the line started. It was all outdoors, so there was food, drink, and games going on while we got to see everyone.
Also, it gave me the chance to take a quick 15-minute nap during dinner, as someone who gets exhausted easily =)