(Closed) Are you having a receiving line? … Did you have one? … pros and cons …

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We aren’t having a receiving line, per se. But after we walk down the aisle together, we are coming back into the church and then starting with the front row/pew we will greet each guest as they leave the row.  This way it isn’t so crowded in the hallway and people can stay seated until it is there turn and I think that this way it will move a little bit faster.  Not sure but we are giving it a try! 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We aren’t going to have a receiving line or anything like that – just make sure to speak to each guest at the wedding. I’ve heard guests complain a lot about receiving lines and I personally don’t like waiting through them and talking to the entire wedding party that I don’t even know, it’s strange. Also, we want to be whisked away immediately for pictures so we don’t keep our guests waiting.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been wondering about what we’re going to do too!  I’ve been to several weddings where they do the release the pew thing, but because our church has a balcony I just don’t think it’ll work.  I have no desire whatsoever to put myself or my fiance through a receiving line (way too overwhelming with 250 guests for us!), and I don’t think we could get to everyone going table by table at the reception.  So I don’t know what we’ll do!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I did one, and I was glad I did.  It ate up some of the time between the ceremony and reception, and I just barely got to every table at the reception.  I only had 80 people at my wedding!  It was the easiest way to make sure I got to everyone.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We aren’t doing a receiving line either.  We didn’t like the formality of it all.  And I’ve been to weddings where they did do it and it felt kinda silly because I didn’t even know them well!  (it was my fi’s cousin’s wedding)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We did NOT do a receiving line.  We had everyone gather outside the churh with bubbls and made our exit, then we went straight to the cocktail hour to mingle with all teh guests (we did photos before the ceremony.)  I think it depends on the size wedding you’re having.  My brother and his wife regret theirs because it took SO long.  People just say hi and congrats and move on, they want to chat.  Also, its always awkward when you dont know the guests that are hugging you and saying congrats…I dunno, not our thing

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

No line for me.. My friends did one right after their ceremony and the grooms boutonniere was crushed from all the hugs and the brides hair was a little messy from hugs too. If you are doing one, I suggest after pictures!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are doing a receiving line of sorts, we are actually going to stand by the buffet line and as each line comes up to get their food we will give a greeting, we figured it was the easist way to ensure we speak to every single person and it wouldn’t be so flustered since the buffet line will be controlled & they will be forced to stop talking and walk further up the line 😉

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

None for me, either. Ours is a small enough wedding (80-90 people) that if we haven’t been able to get around all the guests during the cocktail reception and dinner, I don’t think we will have been trying hard enough!

For me, they’re just a little formal — and as others have mentioned, it can be difficult for guests who don’t know the whole family.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We aren’t doing one.  For us, we’ll go table to table, try to talk to everyone, but we also want to dance and have fun. Trying to keep the formality down a bit…

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We don’t want one, but sometimes I second guess when my mom says we should-mostly b/c I would like to see each guest-some that go to the wedding wont be at the reception, so I’d like to say thank you without having a huge line that takes forever. We’re doing pictures in 2 different places & have big families & a big BP (6 on each side) so it’ll take a while. I’d love ideas on different ways of greeting people without doing the receiving line.

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