Receiving Lines

posted 3 years ago in Traditions
  • poll: Are you having a receiving line
    Yes : (31 votes)
    32 %
    No : (60 votes)
    61 %
    We're doing a variation, let me explain : (7 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee

    No. I’ve actually only been to one wedding that had one. It was nice but I think I would rather go around and visit it my own time. It felt very *shake hand, witty remark, move along, shake hand, witty remark, move along*. I would like something more relaxed.

    Post # 4
    Member
    420 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m having a 3 hour reception and inviting just over 200 guests.  

    From a logistical standpoint, I think a receiving line is the best thing to do for us.  If we go from table to table and spend just 5 minutes at each table, we’d be doing that for just over an hour and a half.  Add in first dance, parent/child dances and toasts and I’m afraid we’d never get to eat or dance at our reception.

    Instead we will have a receiving line while the guests are walking from the ceremony to the reception.  Once we are in the reception we’ll continue to visit, but it can be while dancing etc. And we’ll make sure we get something to eat.  

    Then anyone who wants to spend more time with us is welcome to join us at my parents house afterwards where we will have a keg of beer, grill hamburgers and hotdogs for the whole afternoon.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @MrsGolden2Bee:  you are so right, there is alot of pressure to say skmething funny or glowing.

    I see a receiving line as somewhat crowd control. Stop here first before making a beeline to  the bar. Depending on how long people take in the line you will do most of your waiting in the receiving line than the bar line for a drink.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee

    @alysee:  Sorry did I completely forget to say? Lol. Speaches will be during dinner most likely so go around during dessert and chat with everyone. Also during dancing. Receptions around here tend to last from 6pm-2am. 8hrs of food and dancing = PLENTY of time to chat with everyone 😀

    Post # 10
    Member
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t like receiving lines, so formal, and not a genuine welcome or thank you in my opinion.  I don’t mind as much when it’s just the couple, but I find it really uncomfortable if i have to stand in line to talk to the parents too.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee

    @alysee:  Oh heck ya gotta chat with everyone, make sure they know you love em.

    I find it ackward having to make small talk with the bridal party in a receiving line when you have NO clue who they are and the line is being held up by a chatty Cathy 4 people down! Oh gosh, and you cant LEAVE the line, so after a while eye contact with this stranger just becomes… Oh hmmm look what’s going on somewhere over theeeeere…

    Post # 13
    Member
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee

    Oh cool. This wedding did bride, groom, all parents, grandparents and bridal party. O_o

    *also are we like the only ones awake on the boards right now? Lol

    Post # 16
    Member
    5008 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @alysee:  We went to a wedding last year that had a receiving line. 

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