(Closed) Do we have to have a receiving line?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
413 posts
Helper bee

A receiving line isn’t a requirement! 

Post # 4
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

No, you don’t have to have a receiving line. We didn’t do one. Just make it a point ot visit tables during the reception, you’ll be fine!

(oh, and my friend that got married had his tux jacket covered with women’s deoderant by the end of his receiving line, if that sways you at all. Sleeveless dresses + hugging = gross stains!)

Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

would you have time to visit every table during the reception if you don’t have a receiving line?

i don’t know how any option would keep people from hugging the groom though…and i don’t think makeup comes off THAT much that his jacket would be covered in stains.

Post # 6
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We won’t be doing a receiving line, but we will be visiting everyone table to table at the reception. We are having around 200 guests. Is that a better option for you?

As for the makeup? I don’t think there is much you can do about that — people will be hugging and kissing him all day!! If it shows up in photos I am sure that your photog can edit them for you.

Post # 8
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Could you just have the two of you do a non-traditional receiving line? I’d think it would help from you spending your entire reception going to tables.

Post # 9
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been to so many weddings and none of them have had a receiving line.  I didn’t do it either.  It’s a more formal thing that has been phasing itself out of weddings.  If you don’t wanna do it, it’s a-ok. 

Post # 10
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The one thing about a receiving line that is great is that it means you get a moment of face-to-face time with every guest. Yeah, it might take a while, but it will also help everyone feel like they’ve gotten to say hello, so you won’t be inundated by as long a line of people trying to talk to you all night.

If I were you, I’d plan a bride/groom only receiving line.

Post # 12
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We won’t be having a receiving line. It cuts in to the time we have to take pictures between the ceremony and reception. We will have 150 – 200 guests and will make an effort to say a quick hello to all the tables at the reception. I always find receiving lines so awkward!

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