- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014
Hey Bees, I am in need of some candid advice. I would also appreciate hearing your personal experiences with this.
I’ll keep the background short:
Roughly 500 people are invited to my wedding. FI has a huge family, plus both FIL and my dad are social butterflies – lol – so there wasn’t a way around this one.
Initially, FI and I decided to have a receiving line at the church (immediately following the wedding ceremony) so that we could greet our guests and avoid having to go table-to-table at the reception.
However, we are starting to re-think this whole thing. Even if we only spend 5 seconds greeting each guest, our receiving line will be over 40 minutes long.
Here’s my question:
Would it be such a crime to omit the receiving line all together? Meaning: no receiving line at the church, no going table-to-table at the reception.
After FI and I make our entrance at the reception, we will go right into our first dance and then say a few words to welcome and thank our guests. Will this suffice?
Of course, we will spend the evening socializing with our guests. Plus, we are providing a really incredible night for them. A truly first class, black tie affair.
I think my #1 concern is this: if we don’t have a formal receiving line at the church, will a spontaneous receiving line form at the reception? I can see it now: one guest comes over to say hello…and then another…and then before you know it, you’ve got a line 15 guests long and growing.
– What was your personal experience with this at your wedding?
– What has been your experience with this at others’ weddings?
– Have you, as a guest, felt offended when the bride and groom did not greet every single guest individually at their wedding?
ALL opinions are appreciated. Please be kind and avoid flaming.
Thanks in advance!!
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