Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Could use some advice or ideas…Are you having a recieving line after your ceremony to greet all the guests? I wasn’t planning on doing one (too time consuming, not really into traditional wedding stuff like that) but I was planning on going around to all the tables to say hi and chat, etc…However, I read in MS Weddings that if the wedding is over 100 people, then you should have a recieving line since it will be too hard to get to everyone…We’re probably having between 150-175 guests…What are you doing? Any creative alternatives to the traditional recieving line?
Post # 3
I don’t know. I keep going back and forth. We are probably going to have less than 100 guests. I think it’s more personal to try and visit everyone at the reception but I’m afraid I won’t have enough time to visit with everyone. Sorry no advice, I’m sitll on the fence on this.
Post # 4
I’m with TessaBella in that I am going back and forth on this too since the reception is in the same location and same room as the ceremony. I would have no idea where to start with something like this.
Post # 5
we are having a receiving/picture line. we are going to have a photbooth & a fauxtobooth. so, right now, i am thinking the mr. & i will be stationed at the fauxtobooth & all the guests will be directed to take a pic with us. brides & grooms (typically) use the cocktail hour to take their pics (while their guests are at cocktail hour), but we will do our pics pre-ceremony. we figured this was a great way to receive our guests & get a pic with them.
for the dinner, i read that a couple had two extra place settings at each table & they spent 7.5 minutes at each table "having dinner" with the guests. they just brought whatever dish they were eating at the time. i thought that was a neat idea and am considering it.
we are having 200 guests, btw. whatever you decide, it’s your wedding. don’t feel pressured into doing something you’re not comfortable with. most people are pretty understanding about the bride & groom being busy. as long as you make everyone feel welcome somehow, i’m sure everyone will have a great time anyway.
Post # 6
I was originally thinking we would do table visits too, but with 200-250 guests I’m worried we’ll miss people. I think having a receiving line will give us more of an opportunity to thank as many people as possible.
Post # 7
We’re doing it… my friend who got married last summer said it was stressful to keep track of trying to visit with everyone, it kept her away from dinner and dancing, and she wished she had done a receiving line. So that pretty much sold me, although I have fewer guests than her (180 v. 220).
My friend who works as a wedding planner suggested that you "rehearse" the receiving line… line up your receiving line, then have Wedding Party members who aren’t in the receiving line pretend to be chatty guests. Do the math, and know how much time you have per person (30 minute receiving line for 180 guests = 10 seconds per person), and practice having the next person in the line "pull" the guest away from you… or you’ll be there for 2 hours!
Post # 8
We’re not doing a receiving line, but we are planning to make our way to all the tables. Not sure if that will actually work out because I am fairly insistent that I get to eat!
Post # 9
- Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House
We’re planning on taking all pictures pre-ceremony. After the ceremony, we’re going to make our getaway to the reception, so that we’re there to "receive" guests. I’d much rather spend the cocktail hour visiting with my guests than having a drawn out receiving line at the church or missing out my meal. After a long day, my body will need the fuel to dance!!
Post # 10
We didn’t really intend too and hadn’t really decided either way but it just sort of happened. Oh well, its wasn’t too bad. We stood at the dorrway to the church and anyone who wanted to stop could and if they didn’t want to it was no big deal.
Post # 11
yep, my fiance is british so he’s stickler fo rhis traditions, luckily we only have 59 guests; I briefed my mom just hi hello no lingering, gotta move it chop chop!
Post # 12
Ladybuglove I think that the photo receiving line idea is the greatest idea.
I am also in the same position because I don’t want to take formal family shots right after the ceremony – mainly because I want to enjoy the excitement etc. and most likely I will have cried … and I rather just leave directly after the ceremony ends.
I know my groom and I will have pictures together pre-ceremony. Our ceremony lasts 35 minutes it’s at a Catholic Church with no mass and there is actually a mass that begins at 7pm … right after our ceremony. Plus, fiance has a huge family and I just know they will all want their pictures taken with us. I am not against my siblings + mom + dad or his siblings + his dad and mom taking a picture with us at the church if that’s really what they cannot live without, but I will not stand around waiting for each and every aunt + uncle + cousin and extended family member to take a formal shot with us. NO THANK YOU!
You resolution sounds PERFECT!!!! Ok. I will present this idea to my wedding planner, photographer and fiance.
Post # 13
We are having about 150 guests, I think we will be stopping by each table at some point, I just don’t like receiving lines. It may take a little longer, but we are both ok with that and our friends and family will be understanding if we have to cut our visits short.
Post # 14
We’re doing a receiving-line-slash-Презентація (Ukrainian for "presentation", a type of receiving line where the guests give their cards and monetary donations to the bridegroom).
Post # 15
mshymanroth: you’re welcome! we are having a catholic wedding (with mass) and will be doing pics with immediate family after the ceremony for about 15 minutes. not to be all bridezilla, but i’m going to do a run through of the pics at rehearsal to be sure that’s all the time we take. our guests will stick around and we will make our exit to be the first to arrive at the reception site.
i know all of our aunts, cousins, uncles, extended family, etc. will want pics, so the picture/receiving line was a way to solve that. my family loves pics………FI’s notsomuch….lol. again, not to be all bridezilla, but i will have someone there to direct everyone so that noone lingers for too long. we are having a super long reception, so i’m sure i will have met with everyone at some point…..hopefully:-)
Post # 16
No receiving line for us! Our ceremony and reception will be at the same location so our guests will just go inside for happy hour/snacks while we snap some quick photos. We are having approx 150 come so seeing everyone will be tight, but we’re planning to make it work. The folks that will be there are people that we love, so seeing them will be a priority.
Also, I’m relieved there’s no receiving line because I wouldn’t know who to include without seriously offending people. FI’s family is fine. But I’m sooo much closer to my stepdad than my father (in fact, we’re not speaking currently) and I find my father’s fiance slippery and conniving so I wouldn’t want her up there either. Another "traditional" thing bites the dust… (for us at least)