(Closed) Receiving line dilema

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

How many guests are you inviting?  I know that a receiving line seems ilke a pain, but if it’s simialr to your BIL in that it’s a couple to a few hundred I strongly recommend one.  Think about it.  If you visit table-to-table then you need to spend 5-10 minutes at each one.  If you have like 20 tables (200 ppl), that’s a minumun of an hour and forty minuts, and up to 3 hours for table visiting.  In a receiving line no one spends more than like 10s talking to you.

Avoiding the chaos has everything to do with advance planning.  For my sister’s we planned ahead so the receiving line came into the reception area from the cocktail area.  There was no line for guests waiting to come in necessarily.  They continued drinking/eating until there weren’t too many people trying to enter at once.

A friend of mine had about the same size reception as my sister (~350), and ceremony and reception were at the Roostertail in Detroit.  I advised her to do a receiving line, but she told me she didn’t want to.  However, I think at the v. last minute they realized that they’d spend the entire evening table-hopping if they didn’t do one or something…I’m not really sure except that one formed all of a sudden.  Except, since they didn’t plan on this the line happened at the entrance to the building instead of the entrance to the banquet hall.  People were stuck for half an hour or possibly more on the skinny little pier leating away from the ceremony site.  I agree it was awful, but easily avoidable.  (And for anyone considering doing one, let your Bridal Party off the hook.  I was the only non-family Bridesmaid or Best Man…I knew almost *no one*.  I’d much rather have spent that time trying to figure out ways to make guests more comfortable once they entered the hall or getting something together for the bride.)

Anyway, that’s just my 2 cents if you’re having a larger wedding.  

Post # 4
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We did the table hopping thing, and it wasn’t that bad.  Granted we only had 8 tables, but we moved through them pretty quickly (less than 5 minutes per table).  After the cocktail hour, we had the grand entrance, the first dance, and then first course was served.  We got all our course at the same time, so by the time everyone else started getting their second course, we got up to start the tables.  Our photographers also followed us around and took a picture of us with every table.  We were done with the last table just as they were finishing their second course.

I do agree with fizicsgirl, though, that if your wedding is huge a receiving line will definitely be the way to go.  To make it faster and easier, have only the bride and groom in the receiving line and don’t stop!  If you can have a parent or the best man/MOH moving things along, that’s best.  If anyone talks for more than a couple seconds, you can hand them off saying, "BM/MOH here is going to give you more info on the reception.  Can’t wait to see you there!"  It is a pain, but more manageable this way.

Post # 5
773 posts
Busy bee

My husband and I released each row from the church and greeted people that way.  It was awesome.  Everyone loved it, and it took a fraction of the time a receiving line would have for 2 reasons- 1, the guests only had to talk to the bride and groom, and 2, people didn’t try to hold us up in conversation since they could see the crowd of rows behind them.

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