Post # 1
To be honest, I’ve never seen one at a wedding, at least not that I can remember. I’m guessing it’s about the same as a line to visit with the family at funeral visitation.
The dinner would be buffet style, but the ceremony and reception are in the same location. Main reason I want to have one is because we have a band playing and I want to freely enjoy that, and when I was Maid/Matron of Honor last year, there was no receiving line, I went table to table to speak with the guests, and the guests had to just kind of hunt down the bride and groom if they wanted to speak with them.
So have any of you had a successful receiving line, or seen a successful one?
Post # 3
Reception lines are pretty much de rigueur for Utah Mormon receptions, so I’m pretty familliar with them, and have been in them as a bridesmaid. (Personally, not having one been in enough that I’m kinda burnt out on the idea, and fiance & his fam aren’t mormon, so won’t be expecting one anyway.) They are a great way for everyone to get a chance to see and briefly chat with the bride and groom.
Keep the line to just the Bride and Groom, the parents, and maybe MOH/BM. It can get boring fast for bridesmaids and groomsmen to have to stand in one place for that long, when guests are really only interested in greeting the happy couple.
Make sure you have a place to stand that’s out of the way and won’t block tables or entryways, etc, if someone especially chatty or slow-moving is going down the line at a busy time and causes back-up.
Be sure to pay attention to who is in front of you. At a friend’s reception line, I had just gotten to her and didn’t even get a chance to say “Congratulations” when she caught sight of some of her college friends behind me, and in her excitement to see them, pretty much ignored me. Made me wish I had just sent a card instead of bothering to show up.
That’s enough out of me. I’m sure what ever you decide to do will be lovely!