(Closed) Are you doing a receiving line?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are you doing (or did you do) a receiving line?




  • Post # 3
    2890 posts
    Sugar bee

    No, I’m having a small wedding so I’ll walk around and greet everyone. 

    Post # 4
    13561 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    We did a variation on a receiving line. After our recessional, my husband and I reentered the church and ushered our guests out pew by pew and greeted them then. This allowed our guests to stay seated until it was their turn, and it went surprisingly quickly considering we had ~240 guests.


    Post # 5
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    No, we didn’t. We made sure to stop and chat with every guest at the reception. 

    Post # 6
    27 posts
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We aren’t doing an official receiving line, but my fiance/husband and I will be greeting guests as they enter the cocktail hour. It accomplishes the saying hello goal but removes some of the awkward formalness.

    Post # 7
    2543 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Nope. We had about 150 people at our wedding.

    I figured even if we only gave each person 20 seconds (and I’m sure some of the older folks would take way, way longer than that), that’s still 50 minutes in a receiving line!

    No way was I spending almost an hour of my precious photo time as the sun was going down to do that, and how boring would it have been to do it during the reception?

    Post # 8
    7643 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @calisunshine3404:  Did it and loved it. I was so swamped at the actual reception, and a lot of the older people left right after dinner, making it near impossible to go greet them. lus we had those that could only attend the ceremony that we got to see.

    We had roughly 200 people attend the wedding (keep in mind not nearly that amount came through–I’d guess maybe 75 of them did), and our receiving line was outside the doors of the church. It took about 30-45 minutes. People were pretty quick and just wanted to give a congrats and a hug. I didn’t have to worry about photos afterwards, and I made enough time for the receiving line to take place.

    Post # 9
    756 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We only had 85 at our wedding, but we did not do a receiving line. We had a buffet. Someone brought our food first, so by the time we were done most were still eating. We went to each table and spoke to everyone thanking them for coming. It seemed to work a lot better for us and everyone was comfortable.

    Post # 10
    10450 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Nope. We will be mingling during cocktail hour and during dinner if we have time between courses. I call that good enough. 

    Post # 11
    970 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    I think it would be too awkwardly formal. We aren’t doing a sit down dinner so it will be a little trickier to make sure to talk to everyone at the reception. 

    Post # 12
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @Gemstone:  +1 and it worked out great for us!  I am so glad we did it b/c otherwise we never would have seen everyone in the reception. 

    Post # 13
    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We did. I hate receiving lines, but they do get the job done. It enabled us to enjoy the evening without worrying about speaking to each guest. 

    Post # 14
    9829 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did. We had 90ish guests and I think it took maybe 25 minutes max. I’m really glad we did because during dinner I just wanted to EAT!

    Post # 15
    733 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    @calisunshine3404:  We are having between 80-120 guests (depending on RSVP) and we are choosing to skip the receiving line. We are going around to each table after dinner and making sure we connect and thank every guest for coming. Our ceremony and reception are at the same location in different rooms so if people RSVP they will most likely stay for both. If they don’t, we have thank you cards for gifts (comes with our package for photography and more than we need) so I could just send them a thank you that way. This works better for us because of timing and there is always someone in the line that wants to spend more time than you have with all your guests. 

    Post # 16
    457 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    During cocktail hour, we took photos with each guest at the wedding (usually in couples or family groups). It was awesome, we got the chance to greet everyone, and now we for sure have a photo with every single person at the wedding! We had 135 people and it took almost the entire cocktail hour. We had put in the program that everyone should be sure to get a photo with us, and the bridal party made sure to get the line started. It was all outdoors, so there was food, drink, and games going on while we got to see everyone.

    Also, it gave me the chance to take a quick 15-minute nap during dinner, as someone who gets exhausted easily =)

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