Post # 1
We are having a rather large wedding. About 275 people. I really really DO NOT want FI’s mother in the receiving line if we do have one. She does not know when to stop talking. It drives me nuts. Another reason I prefer not to have one is because Fiance is wearing a white tux and I prefer not to have the shoulders of his tux all stained from women’s makeup. I thought about having us go back in and let people out ourselves but not sure. My biggest thing is having his tux jacket stained with makeup because we will have pictures afterward. Thought about maybe throwing a poncho on him
Any ideas? Can we skip the receiving line all together??
Post # 3
A receiving line isn’t a requirement!
Post # 4
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
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
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 # 7
I would imagine we will have time to talk to everyone at the reception. I would be ok with go back into the church and letting everyone out but I am not sure how long that takes. I would like to avoid having his parents in the line. I am not having mine in the line either. Don’t get me wrong, I like his parents, his mom just gets on my last nerve and I lose all patience I have for her. She is very nice but very dingy.
Post # 8
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
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
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 # 11
If we do end up doing one, it will Fiance and I only. No parents. We are not having our parents makes toasts either. No need to. Fiance and I are the ones paying for the wedding so the parents don’t need to make a toast.
Post # 12
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!