(Closed) I don’t understand receiving lines. Help! When, where, who?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

generally receiving lines are after the ceremony after you get married and in the entrance/exit. It’s a way of people to say hello/congratulations/nice to see you 

Post # 4
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have an entirely different approach to the receiving line. What we are doing is, having it at the reception venue after we are married. We will have our grand exit from the church, leave first and arrive our reception venue for the line … and the line will lead our guests into the cocktail hour! =)

Post # 5
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We are going to be the ushers at the end of the ceremony. That will be our way of having contact with every person.

Post # 6
202 posts
Helper bee

Think of it this way: Do you want to hug everyone at the ceremony before you take pictures or at the reception after you take pictures?  I usually see this after the ceremony as the guests leave the chapel/venue.  Then the party stays for pictures while everyone goes to the cocktail hour.  The other way is to leave right away and then take all your pictures while the guests mingle.  You can then have a receiving line as they walk into the reception hall.

I hope this makes sense! 

Post # 7
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

What if you are having the ceremony and reception in the same room? People will just sit at their dinner tables and watch the ceremony while it happens in the front/middle of the room..


Post # 8
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

what I would suggest in your situation is instead of a receiving line to do table visits.  Just go to all the tables through out the evening to greet everyone.

Post # 10
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

greek weddings, after the ceremony and while the bride and groom are standing at the alter everyone files from the right to give their congrats to the bridal party before walking out of the church – you dont get to see the couple walk down the aisle & leave together

anglo weddings ive been to, as the couple leave the reception everyone lines up for their goodbyes but at less formal weddings they do the hellos during the cocktail hour so they can enjoy the rest of the night

its all very confusing



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