receiving line dilemma

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: receiving line? yea or nay?
    skip it : (6 votes)
    86 %
    suck it up, and kiss your photo time goodbye : (0 votes)
    other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We had this problem too. We decided that since we will be served food first at the reception, that will give us time to eat and then walk around to each of the tables are greet people, so that’s our plan!  Rather than doing a line where people might stay and talk to us forever, we can move from table to table as quickly as we need to.  We do have some people not coming to the recpetion that will be at the ceremony, and unfortunately we won’t get a chance to say hi to them- but thats just the way it goes.

    Post # 2
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    5199 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t think there is any tactful way of doing that.  I’d just skip the formal recieving ling all together.

    Post # 3
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    7203 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    jen_vdm:  Instead of a receiving line, just make sure you spend plenty of time at the church mingling and talking to guests.

    Our situation was kind of similar to yours and that’s what we did. Like you I hate receiving lines. But given enough time at the church, everyone who wants to greet you personally will get a chance. I can’t remember exactly how long we were at the church after exiting the ceremony, maybe 20-30 minutes?

    Post # 5
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    2132 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    What we decided to do is just hold the doors open for our guests as they leave the Sanctuary.  Our parents and bridal party will be in other areas (hopefully distracting some of the guests as well).  That way we can say hi to everyone, but people can’t linger too long or they will block the door and make all the other guests mad.  Plus that way, we really don’t look planted, we are simply just being polite.  It is basically an informal mingling like others have said.  

    At my friend’s wedding, the bride and groom came back in the church after and dismissed rows, giving each guest a hug as they left.  It was cute, but they only had about 60 guests.  30 hugs per person is doable.  We will have around 160… and that is just a lot of hugging.  Something that works better for a smaller wedding.  

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