Post # 1
heres the deal, we have about 150 guests (hopefully) coming the the wedding. my ceremony will be in a catholic church and i am not doing a full mass…. were shooting for 2:00 so the ceremony should end around 2:30 or 2:45. we have to be out of the church by 4 because they have 5 o clock mass.
we are doing all the seperate family photos before the ceremony and we are not having a first look (this is pretty much non negotiable for fi and i)
anyways we are going to have a cocktail hour to give us some time to get the rest of the group shots (in the church) and some of just fi and i (outside)… the cocktail hour will start at 3:00 (although im sure people wont arrive until a bit later if we do a recieving line….)
im just not sure what to do…. how long do you think it will take to get through 150 people??? will i have time for pictures??? should i just skip it and do table visits at the reception? any other suggestions??
Post # 3
i would skip it and do table visits instead. receiving lines seem so impersonal to me…all you can do is shuffle through and say hi.
as a guest, i would skip it even if you have a receiving line because i really dislike having to stand around in lines.
Post # 4
I think you should skip it and let the guests mingle. I think going to each table to toast at the reception is much better than a receiving line.
Post # 5
Honestly I have gone to about 8 weddings in the last two years…and none of them have had a receiving line…I think it just takes a lot of time…and you cant talk to people as much as you want to because there is a line! I think that if you visit tables its a lot more laid back and you can spend more or less time at each table depending on how well you know everyone. We are definately not having a receiving line due to time constraints and for my FI and I we would just be more comfortable going from table to table.
Post # 6
@stephanie63087: Even if you have a recieving line, you should still stop at tables at the reception. I’ve been to weddings with 200 people and the line goes quick. People usually just hug, say congrats, and move out. And not everyone gets in line.
Post # 7
I vote skip it. 150 is not unmanageable to visit at the tables.
We’re not doing one either, my FI calls receiving lines “forced awkwardness”.
Post # 8
Skip it! We weren’t planning on having one but people started stopping to hug us and say “Hello” and an inpromptu one kind of formed. As a guest I personally hate them especially if I’m more of an aquaintance than a close friend.
Post # 9
Don’t do the recieving line; just go around to tables at the reception. As a guest, I really dislike going through recieving lines. They’re just awkward and they’re also really impersonal. Save yourselves the time and skip it.
Post # 10
we had 150 guests and just did table visits. we got to talk to almost everyone–the only people i think i didn’t talk to were friends of my husband’s parents who my husband didn’t even know. we got to most people though.
Post # 11
We ended up with 90 guests and just did table visits. We actually had the photographer follow us and take pictures of all the guests at each table (with my husband and I included of course). I’ve read that on average it takes 30-45 minutes per 100 guests.
Post # 12
We’re not doing a receiving line for a couple of reasons 1) I have a dysfunctional family 2) the same thing is always said anyway. So, we’re going to be clapped into the room where we’re having the meal.
Post # 13
WELL, we are probably going to have a receiving line after the ceremony, but only if we do the first look with us and the whole bridal party. I was that OTHER vote. lol But if we dont do the first look then we will visit tables or just mingle with everyone! its not a big deal i know well visit with our guests any way. 🙂