receiving line

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

LadyPeacockk:  we had an outdoor ceremony followed by an indoor reception.  As we walked back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony we went and waited at the path that everyone had to walk through to get to the reception.  It worked perfectly and only took about 15 minutes for 130 guests.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - hotel

missadventure85:  My Dad has been on at me nonstop about not having a receiving line as our venue doesn’t have anyway to make it work. I’m so stealing this idea and doing it as everyone leaves the church!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’ve been to one where they did it straight from leaving the church- standing at the church doors and shaking everyones hands as they left the building. And I’ve been to an outdoor wedding where the reception was indoors, and the couple stood at the entrance to the indoor reception to do the receiving line there. As soon as guests had seen the couple, the guestbook was right there as well so people could do the guestbook at the same time as the receiving line. I thought that was a good idea so no one was missed out. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

For my 2 daughter’s the parents of the couple had the time to greet all the guests, as they arrived and were walking into the ceremony room. During the reception, the couples made table visits. I haven’t seen a bridal party receiving line, in decades; most move away, to have photos taken.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I agree with PPs, do at the end of the ceremony and to make it faster, only have the two of you unless the parents insist on being apart of it.  My cousin’s wedding, the ENTIRE wedding party did the receiving line and it took like two hours, highly not recommended as a guest!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LadyPeacockk:  We are having a small family ceremony, so we’ll greet everyone afterwards when we’re done walking back down the aisle (sidewalk). So, we’ll basically just turn around and make sure we get to see everyone before we head back to the hotel for some more family pictures and the rest of the evening.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We actually went from table to table during dinner to say hi to everyone. We had alot of compliments on it because they didnt feel rushed and actually had a chance to talk to us. We hit up 4 or 5 tables between each course or speeches. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

LadyPeacockk:  yes I’ve been to one where we threw rose petals as the couple left. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LadyPeacockk:  I’ve only been to one ceremony, and everyone stood (minus those who need to sit in chairs. Everyone just sort of lined up to greet the couple afterwards, so it was a long line. Ours should be short, since we only have about 40 people attending our ceremony. They did not have anything thrown when they were leaving.

The park our ceremony is in doesn’t allow birdseed/rice… so we’re just forgoing it all. I alway swanted sparklers, but definitely not needed.

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