Post # 1
What are the opinions on having a receiving line? I love the idea especially since our wedding will be the first time our parents have met, let alone our families, so it gives everyone a chance to introduce themselves to my future in-laws and my parents.
However, I’m worried about it taking up a lot of time. We have a horse drawn carriage that is bring me to the wedding and taking us for a ride after the ceremony. It’s only scheduled for a certain amount of time and I’m worried that between the ceremony and pictures already, adding a receiving line for about 200 guests may take a long time.
Any thoughts? Or alternate suggestions?
Post # 3
I ma a huge fan of receiving lines. It gives the bride and groom a chance to thank everyone for comming. Obviously you will still mingle through the night and try and talk to everyone.. but this way you wont miss anyone and will get more face time with your guests.
Post # 4
My biggest piece of advice is that even though this will be the first time many people will have met, you have to let all the parents know that this is not the time to stand and have a 10 minute conversation with guests. You will never get through it if that happens. My Mother-In-Law did it (she’s a chatterbox) and our recieving line took FOREVER. We started waving people around the parents and straight to us. For 200 people I would likely give yourselves somewhere around 45 minutes to an hour, an hour is likely a better bet. I loved giving everyone who came a hug and having a moment with them, but it can only be a moment.
I’m glad we didn’t do the table visits, I really wanted to sit and enjoy my dinner! I did try to get up and visit with tables during dinner, but to tell you the truth, I can’t even remember what I said to whom during dinner!
If you can, what about having a big brunch the next day so that everyone can chat some more and continue getting to know each other?
Post # 5
Instead of a receiving line, we just came back into the church and then started from the front and kinda dismissed each pew or row and then as they left the row we were able to take a few seconds and see everyone and it didn’t take nearly as long as a receiving line and this way guests were able to stay seated and the entryway wasn’t all congested!!
Post # 6
I personally hate them and find them to be completely awkward and too time consuming. I’d rather visit each table at the reception than have one. Plus…who wants to get random lipstick marks on their faces while pictures are being taken?!
Post # 7
I agree with smyley. I find them kind of awkward, and think you will have more time during the reception to make rounds at each table and talk to your guests.
Post # 8
“Instead of a receiving line, we just came back into the church and then started from the front and kinda dismissed each pew or row and then as they left the row we were able to take a few seconds and see everyone and it didn’t take nearly as long as a receiving line and this way guests were able to stay seated and the entryway wasn’t all congested!!”
This is what they did at FI’s cousin’s wedding last week. It worked great!
Post # 9
We’re doing a receiving line at the reception. I don’t think they are awkward at all. Like @Elarissa: says, it gives you the opportunity to talk to all your guests, so you make sure you don’t forget anyone. Once the night gets rolling, you it may be more cumbersome to go table to table. And if your family is like mine, if they don’t get acknowledged, they will be angry.
Post # 10
Personally – as a guest – I hate recieving lines. They are awkward and take a ton of time where your guests are forced to stand around in line in a crowded entryway. No fun as a guest and not very personal either, IMO.
Post # 11
I’m not a huge fan of receiving lines. When it’s over a 100 people, it’s hard to see EVERYONE.
With that being said, in my culture, the way we do receiving lines is a little different. At the end of the ceremony, lively music is played and guests come up and greet the couple to give their congratulations while sort of dancing around them. With about 200 guests, I’ve seen it take about 15 – 20 minutes incorporated into the ceremony time.
So, this is pretty much how we’ll be doing the receiving line.
Post # 12
Receiving lines can be tiring, but they can also be very useful. You do get to see everyone, you give people the opportunity to give you a gift in person (especially in terms of cash gifts) and you don’t need to worry about abandoning your food and going around to see everybody at each table.