Post # 1
We’re trying to put together a tentative timeline for the wedding day. We’re doing a Receiving Line (request from both parents) but slimming it down to just Bride, Groom, and both sets of parents (6 of us total). Expecting probably 100-150 at the ceremony.
How long do you think that will take? How long did you account for it to take each person to make it through the line? I’m trying to make this as efficient and fast as possible (while still thanking/saying hi to guests).
Post # 3
don’t have any useful info to add, but wanted to comment so i could hear the outcomes too! I’m having a wedding about that size and would like to do a recieving line so my hubby and I can enjoy the reception!
Post # 5
I’m not doing a receiving line. I would recommend that you save the time and aggravation of doing it and just meet and greet your guests during dinner/cocktail hour. It aggravates me as a guest to wait in line, it’s usually awkward, and it will take up valuable time. My two cents.
Post # 6
We only had about 70 guests and ours didn’t take longer than 10 or so minutes. Pretty much just greeted everyone, most got hugs, we got congratulations and they moved on.
Post # 7
@Miss Orchard: Thanks for the feedback on the other perspective. I didn’t really want to do one either, but it was a specific request from our parents. Also, I do think it’ll be nice to *quickly* say hi to guests, and not worry about talking to as many people/being in longer convo’s with guests I don’t really know at the reception. We’re having 350 at the reception. It will be optional, as we won’t be standing at the exit from the church, but rather out down the hall so people can stop if they want, or just continue out the door.
@UpstateCait: Thank you! I’m hoping to keep it under 25 mins., but my bridesmaids weren’t so sure that would happen. But now I feel better. 🙂
Post # 8
I’m in the same boat! We’re inviting 200 to the wedding… figuring on maybe about 150 or so of them actually coming to the ceremony. My parents were pretty insistent on a receiving line too… but we convinced them to minimize it to just us and our parents (instead of the whole bridal party which we thought was a little much). I’m interested to hear from other people because we’re going to have to start working on our timeline as well!
Post # 9
When my cousin got married, she had her line IN the church. As in they walked down the asile and then came around and back in then received their guests one row at a time as the guests exited, from front to back. This way, everyone could sit and wait instead of standing in a line.