(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 # 17
    2188 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    My sister had one at her wedding and it sucked. She had about 100 people and it took for freaking ever. I was Maid/Matron of Honor and had to stand there and smile at people I didn’t know, it was ridiculously hot and took over an hour. She regrets doing it now and wishes she had just walked around to different tables at dinner to save time and get to cocktail hour quicker.

    Post # 18
    2966 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    no, we just went around to each table during the reception.


    Post # 19
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    We actually aren’t allowed to do a recieving line at our ceremony.  It’s against site rules. That being said we’re having about 180 people to our wedding and I’m just hoping I’ll be able to to get to everyone at dinner.

    Post # 20
    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m planning on walking around to tables during dinner

    Post # 21
    2521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Most people that do them are thankful they can relax at the reception and don’t have to worry about greeting everyone there.  They are annoying, but most people will try to be quick to not waste much time, and most people come in groups (families, couples, group of friends), so really that 175 is only 90 groups.

    Post # 22
    2942 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    There are two great blog posts on here about how happy people are that did a recieving line.  We are going to go with the variation of dismissing people from the church row by row ourselves.  According to a photographer from a friend’s wedding, it actually takes less time.  Also, there is no awkward hand shake with the parents you don’t know, just with the couple and you should know at least one of them!

    Going table by table sounds great, but my family has TALKERS, and some we actually don’t want to get into a long conversation with on our wedding day (Uncle C is great, but I don’t need a 30 minute long politics convesation at my wedding, and Uncle G is only invited as his wife is my mom’s closest sister)    Recieving lines or dismissing people will make so they keep moving along, but I still get my minute with everyone, with no monopolies on my time. 

    I also have a lot of cousins with young kids that will be making their way to the door the moment that it is polite to do so, so we may not see them otherwise.

    Post # 23
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No receiving line for us… BORING! Instead, passing Italian wedding cookies is a tradition in my husband’s family. All the women in his family made hundreds of cookies for our wedding. We visited each table during the reception to chat with guests and give them cookies off of a silver tray.

    Giving people cookies is a lot more fun than doing a formal receiving line!

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