(Closed) Avoiding the Receiving Line

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would have your officiant say something.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could have the officant say something or put it in the program, that’s what we’re doing.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@macbeth91512:  Are you having a program? We’re going to be putting something along the lines of …

Please join us for a reception at (name of venue). The receiving line will take place from (start time-end time) in the (venue) lobby.

Or something like that.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Or (just playing around with this on the fly)

“We look forward to greeting you in our receiving line, which will begin at (time) in the lobby of (venue).”

Or “Mr. & Mrs. NEW NAME! look forward to receiving their guests at (time) …

You get the idea.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

are you doing a receiving line at the venue?  Or circulating during dinner?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@macbeth91512:  Yeah, there are pros and cons to both … I think we’re going to opt for the receiving line and a set timeframe, though, because I’ve heard that couples who circulate and try to talk to every guest during dinner often don’t get a chance to eat themselves (and we’re going to need to! I don’t do well on an empty stomach, especially on such an adrenaline-fueled day), and I would worry about missing someone inadvertently. If you do the receiving line thing, yes, it’s a bit formal, but then you do get a chance to see everyone – and you don’t have to worry about getting sucked into loooong conversations by that guy who likes to monopolize your/FI’s attention and lacks the social awareness to know that you also have fifty thousand other people you need to talk to …

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We just walked down the aisle and over to the opposite side of where the guest needed to go and hung out with the bridal party. People stopped to talk for a minute or two but we were far enough away that the majority of guest didn’t hang out.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would just ask the officiant to announce that there will not be a receiving line, but that the new Mr and Mrs look forward to visiting with their guests during dinner.

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