(Closed) Are You Having A Receiving Line?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Nope, no receiving line for us. We were pretty adament on that. We’re expecting about 100 people, and we timed photos just right so that we’ll be attending the majority of cocktail hour, so we’ll be mingling with guests there, as well as the reception. I just asked that our photographer come an hour earlier than she normally does to take most of the pictures ahead of time so that we could attend cocktail hour. Right after the ceremony, we’ll be taking pictures with non-wedding party people like grandparents (photographer estimates 10-15 mins) and then we’re off for booze hour!

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am leaning towards a receiving line because we’re having anywhere between 100-200 people and I just don’t want to be running from table to table greeting everyone. One of my friends had their receiving line during the cocktail hour and that worked out well, so we are thinking of doing the same. That way the rest of the night, we will be able to sit down and enjoy dinner and we will have already greeted everyone.

Btw, love ladybugglove’s idea of having it by the photobooth so that is probably what we will do!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee

i hate receiving lines.  i think they are boring for all involved.  i don’t think it is a problem not to have one.  i recently went to a wedding with over 500 guests and no line!  just really make an effort to mingle.    

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re having one.  My sister’s one and only "she would pester me to change my plans she feels so strongly about it" wedding advice was to have a receiving line.  Think about it.  If you have 175 guests, that’s about 18 tables.  If you go table to table, you can’t get away with less than 5 minutes per table….so you’ve lost 1.5 hours of your reception.  In a receiving line people will move quickly so it’ll be more like a couple seconds per person (her 300 person line took less than 45 min).  Then you can spend your ceremony with whomever you want, and all the guests still feel like they’ve had a chance to congratulate you.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We aren’t having a receiving line, but right after we walk down the aisle after the introduction of MR & MRS we are walking right back in and then starting at the front of the chuch and go row by row and greet our guests as they are leaving their row.  That way there won’t be so much congestion and guest get to stay seated until it is their turn!!!

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

we’re having one at the church right after the ceremony – I didn’t want to feel like we HAD to get around to everyone at the reception. I’m hoping to spend most of our time after dinner on the dance floor! We are hoping to be at our whole cocktail hour too though, and plan to mingle then as much as we can so we can say more than a few words.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am not a fan of recieving lines, but due to the amount of people we were expecting and our timeline, we opted for a different version.  We took all of our traditional/formal pictures before the ceremony.  After the ceremony, we were presented and exited, followed by the bridal party.  The minister made an announcement for everyone to remain seated until dismissed by the bride and groom, as we wanted a chance to personally thank everyone for coming (and not all could stay for our receptions). We came back in and, starting in the front, dismissed everyone while our string quartet played on.  During this time, the groomsmen and ushers went to the reception hall (in the same building) to light candles and the bridesmaids stood in the foyer to direct people to the cake reception.  We loved the way this turned out, as it allowed us to control the flow and kept things moving while still greeting/thanking everyone.  

Post # 24
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Newbee

A friend of mine and her husband dismissed the guests themselves, and it was a great way for them to see everyone, and relax for the rest of the day. As a guest, it was nice not to have to shake hands with an entire bridal party or people I didn’t know, and for the happy couple, it keeps people from trying to talk to you for 5 minutes or more. Short, sweet, and done. You can always go back and spend more time with others, but the obligation is done, and you’ll have seen everyone that came to the wedding, as some may need to leave the reception early.

 The only thing I’d suggest is providing something for a big wedding, is to have something in the program to do (like a couple’s crossword) or those photo montages set to music of them growing up in the front.

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Like some of the previous posters, we’ll be dismissing the rows after the ceremony. This works better for the layout of the church and my pastor also recommended it. I hope guests don’t get too antsy in their seats. We chose some nice postlude music, so hopefully people will just sit back and enjoy the pianist.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

HOw about an exiting line? I’m planning to do that toward the end of the reception as oppose to a "getaway". I personally prefer not to let me guests wait in a huge line between ceremony and reception. Another alternative is to seat at every table, each for like 10-15 min throughout the recpetion as to rotate through all tables. I personally wouldn’t want to do that because I’m lazy.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

We decided not to do a receiving line, but did something that my husband suggested.  After our recessional, we asked our guests to remain in their seats and we went back in to dismiss them.  We had 84 guests, so it wasn’t a huge number.  However, I would definitely not recommend this.  I felt really rushed to get through everyone so that they could get up to the reception and we could get in to sign our marriage license.  We were able to go around to all the tables at the reception, so I wish we had just done that.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

When/ where do you DO the receiving line???????

Seriously, I’ve attended only two weddings in my life and I don’t remember anything except for the cookie favor from one of them! Lol. So I am clueless.  

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Where and when depends a lot on your set up.  We’re planning to do our receiving line as guests enter the reception hall from the cocktail hour.  That way, those people can hang back and continue drinking/hors d’oevres so hopefully there will never be a long line of people trying to enter the reception hall.  I’ve been a guest where this happened more than once, and it was never a big issue (no long line to wait around in).

I personally don’t like exit lines b/c people are trapped at the ceremony location with nothing to do.  A friend of mine kept saying she didn’t want a receiving line, but then somehow they decided it at the last minute.  But b/c it was unplanned it sort of became an exit line as people were trying to funnel into the reception hall…the guests were completely trapped.  Especially b/c they ended up forming a line along the narrow pier that led out to the dock where they held their ceremony.  I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man and I tried to figure out a way to redirect it, but it was too late by then (300+ guests).  Do not let this happen to you.  If you do a receiving line, plan ahead!

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m on the fence about this as well.

We are having less than 100 people so I feel it may not be needed…

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