(Closed) Receiving Line Tips

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@TogetherThroughLife  Ohh, good question–I’m interested to see the responses. Also, I wonder, do I have to intorduce my FI (or husband at that point!) to all of the people he doesn’t know, or should I just focus on the person in front of me?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

Good questions!  When is there a receiving line?  After the ceremony, right?  I really have no idea.  We will most likely have one too.  

Post # 6
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1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@TogetherThroughLife:  Thanks!  That’s what I was figuring.  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You have about 12 seconds per person.  That sounds like sufficient time for a hug and hello/thank you.

I think no matter what you do you will end up cutting someone short (usually the extended relation who wants to impose their wisdom on you then and there), even if you do get a chance to talk to them at the reception.

Post # 8
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1426 posts
Bumble bee

Try your absolute hardest to keep it to the “Hi, thanks for coming!” with the response of “Congrats, you look so beautiful!”, a quick hug and on to the next.  You’ll probably run into ones that want to have a full on catch up conversation, just politely remind them that you can talk to them later and there’s other’s in the line.

We had just under 250 guests and it took us just over an hour to get through our receiving line (had just the two of us as well), but we had more than a few people who wanted to chat with DH.  Just had to give him a pinch and tell them to move on, lol.

Post # 10
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1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a recieving line (we had about 100 guests) so it went pretty quickly. Out of everyone, we only had about 2 “talkers” and they moved on when the noticed the person behind them was waiting. When people came up to me I just said some variant of “It’s so nice to see you” or “Thank you so much for being here” and most people responded with Congratulations, beautiful wedding/you look beautiful, and a hug. For the “talkers” you can always say I’ll make sure I come talk to you inside, and that should move them along!

Post # 11
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9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re doing a modified recieving line. Immediately after the recessional, we (my fiance/hubby and I) will go back to the front of the church and dismiss each row, one- at a time, greeting everyone as they pass us at the end of the row. That way everyone can sit while they wait on us to get through the line. And I think people will be less likely to want to talk forever.

Post # 12
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1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@TogetherThroughLife:  I know people will know he’s the groom–but how does he know who my great aunt’s husband is? Is it ok for him just not to know and act like he does?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had 80 guests or so in ours and it took probably half an hour or so – the toastmaster sort of coaxed them along! We did it on the way to dinner so guests were eager to go find their seats and eat! πŸ˜‰

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