Post # 1
So my parents are insisting on us having a receiving line on the big day. “How the hell are you going to personally thank 200+ people??” By saying a great big thank-you over the mike? Apparently not. I’m all for it, since I want to have some fun on the dance floor with friends, not making small talk with every great-aunt and cousin that comes all night. (I’d also like to hope this would give me more time with FH, but knowing him, we’ll probably part ways after supper, not to see each other ’til the end of the night) There is a problem, though, with how our day is being planned out so far.
Ceremony @ 4:30
Cocktail hour just before 5
Supper served around 6.
In my opinion, receiving lines will work if you’re having the reception at another location where the bridal party can run to before guests arrive and welcome/thank them. Obviously, not the case for us. So how can one incorporate this? As a guest at a wedding, what would you prefer?
1. Kick any guests that came for ceremony out for a VERY SHORT while (this is December in MB people… won’t be warm) with an excuse (need to set up for dinner?) and do receiving line as people come back in (including others that weren’t already there)
2. Have 2 receiving lines – 1 just before ceremony and the 2nd right after for guests that don’t come to ceremony. (Mind you, I wanted to use this time to poss. take a few more pictures)
3. Don’t have a receiving line at all, just do the thank-you as a speech and chat with guests during reception.
Post # 3
we didnt do one. Same boat as you. no way we had the time to do that.
we went around to each table and did a toast. we had it pretty well timed out and made it to every table. people seemed to like it too! maybe could you do something like that?
Post # 4
@MrsJules10: I like that – how did you plan it out, exactly?
Post # 5
My cousin blew off the reception line and had the photographer come with her and her groom to each table, we d id a toast they took a pic and then moved on. She’s like a tank, nothing slows her down or stops her for long. But she did get pictures of every single person at her wedding which was nice.
Post # 6
Isn’t the receiving line AT the ceremony? That’s how I’ve always seen it done. The couple (and whoever else) stand at the entrance to the church as people file out. Or you could dismiss your guests row by row and have a moment to talk to each of them that way.
Post # 7
What about having your recieving line as everyone enters the reception room, just before everyone has supper?
Or I do love the idea of visiting every table, this way you will get to say hello to everyone at your wedding, and get some adorable pictures, plus your guests are likely to be more relaxed than they might be in a formal recieving line.
Post # 8
@HisIrishPrincess: Again, love that idea! Especially with the photographer!
@milesbella: I’ve never seen it at the ceremony, especially if it’s at a church. Only seen it when coming to the reception OR a presentation line in the middle of the reception. Different for everyone I suppose. But, that wouldn’t work anyway because we’re having everything at the same location, which is a hall.
Post # 9
We went around to each of the tables to thank everyone. We had about 30 tables and managed to make it to all of them during the salad course. We made it back to our sweetheart table in time for the entree!
Post # 10
@CherryWaves: it actaully was pretty easy. since we get to eat first we were also done first and so while other people were eating at their tables we walked around thanked each person for coming and did a nice little toast. plus the photographer took pics during it too so i got photos with everyone. we timed it out to about 2-3 minutes per table. Then half way through we took a seat did the toasts and cake and while the guests were eating their cake we did the other half of the tables.
it was nice too cause people could see what we were doing so most people stayed seated and waited and werent pulling us away.
i highly recommend it and we got compliments on it all evening too on how nice it was that everyone got a little face time with us.
Post # 11
I was working at a wedding recently that must of had about 150-200 guests. The receiving line (to go into the wedding breakfast) seemed to go on for ever. I’m sure some guests stood in the queue for almost half an hour! I felt dreadful for them and it made me certain that I won’t be doing one. I’ve never really enjoyed them as a guest anyway – apart from “congratulations”, what do you say?! Especially when speaking to a parent that you’ve never met before…
Post # 12
Thanks guys! I’m gonna throw out the toasts with every table w/ photog at FI and see what he thinks. I think he may like it WAY better then the receiving line!
I agree about the awkwardness with having other family members in the line with you – thats why FI doesn’t like it. We were just going to have the two of us. But with chatty guests, the line can still be held up…
Post # 13
We didn’t have one either. My husband gave a toast to thank everyone and then we went around to all the tables and tried to talk to as many people as possible towards the end of dinner. Of course, this meant that we barely got to touch dinner. lol. 🙂
Post # 14
We are doing one after the ceremony. This is what the reception hall reccomended becuase everyone is already up and leaving anyway.
Post # 15
I’ve never heard of a receiving line before the reception, I thought ususaly everyone is seated first and then the bridal party has their big entrance. If you really want to do a receiving line it would be best after the ceremony but personally I would skip and go round all the tables during the reception instead