Table visits or receiving line?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Which is preferred?
    Table visits : (66 votes)
    84 %
    Receiving line : (13 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5932 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @lauraminn:  Table visits….the recieving line is long..it makes everyone tired…we don’t have our drinks and since there’s like…14 people you have to shake hands and say something to…it gets SUPER awkward…..AND…what if I gotta pee?

    Post # 4
    Member
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Nona99:  +1 

    And I don’t think doing a receiving line gets you out of the table visits anyway. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @lauraminn:  I like table visits. It seems more personal, people are sitting down and relaxed, and it doesn’t have the awkward, “what do I say” feel of a receiving line. Maybe that’s just me. You should add a poll!

    Post # 6
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    3249 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @lauraminn:  We’re planning a receiving line immediately following the ceremony.  This way you know you’ll see everyone, and be able to thank them for coming.  It also means that everyone gets about the same amount of face time.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee

    @lauraminn:  I hate receiving lines.. They r equally tiring for the guests and bridal party

    Post # 9
    Member
    2325 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are having a receiving line with just myself and fiancé. We are doing it straight before we sit down and eat so guests will walk past us to their tables. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    6503 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We did both. Our receiving line was just us and our parents. I hate it when wedding party members are also a part of it.

    ETA: if I had to choose one I would choose the receiving line. We didn’t get to greet everyone during table visits because people were at the bar or just up and talking to others. However, we also chose not to do the visits during dinner because we wanted to be able to sit down and enjoy our dinner.

    Post # 11
    Member
    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    As a guest, and often a plus one, I prefer table visits to receiving lines.  When I’m a plus one, I feel awkward going through a receiving line because, at most, I know the bride and groom, possibly only one of them, and sometimes it’s my first time meeting either of them.  Avoiding the receiving line makes me feel standoffish.  In those cases, table visits are less awkward for me.  I’m hoping to do table visits for my wedding, mostly for logistical reasons- after the ceremony we want the guests to head on over to cocktail hour so we can take photos and then join them, and a receiving line seems like it could take a while.

    Post # 13
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    2325 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MrsBeck:  me too. Unless it is one of those weddings where everyone knows everyone else and you could comfortably talk to all members of the bridal party…but most of the time you only know the bride and groom, one set of parents and possibly a couple of bridesmaids or ushers. That’s why we are just having the two of us as between us we are the only two who know all the guests (except one!) it isn’t fair to make them have small talk with people they don’t know…besides, I want to eat my food!

    Post # 14
    Member
    5351 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We did table visits and I liked this alot. 

    Are you having a buffet? If so, then you can do what we did which makes the table visits even better. Since we had a buffet we didn’t want everyone standing there waiting, so we walked to each table and talked for 5mins, then invited them to help themselves to the buffet. This allowed us to do all our table visits, prevented people from waiting in a buffet line, and allowed us to have some private time to eat at our sweetheart table since everyone was eating at the same time. 

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