(Closed) Feeling so stupid…what’s a first look and receiving line?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

receiving line is when the whole bridal party plus parents stand in a line out side the church doors and greet each and every guests..

first look is a photo term for the groom and bride to see each other before the ceremony and to get photos taken before they are married

Post # 4
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Don’t feel that way! I wasn’t aware of any of these things until I joined the Wedding Bee!

The first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It’s such an intimate moment…I’m looking forward to ours!

A receiving line….um..not too sure. I think it’s when your guests receive you or the other way around….lol…sorry!

Post # 5
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I didn’t know what a “first look” was until the boards, either, although I’d seen it. It’s where the bride & groom see each other before the wedding- photographers capture your “first look” of each other.

Receiving line- after the ceremony, either at the ceremony or reception venue, you greet every guest in a line, usually with your parents. Depending the size of your guest list, this can be a good way to make sure you have face time with every guest.

Both are your calls, and not requirements. 🙂

Post # 6
1696 posts
Bumble bee

“First Look” is a new custom, where the bride and groom get to see each other in their wedding clothes before the wedding guests get to see them. The tradition is that the groom doesn’t see the bride in her wedding dress until he sees her coming down the aisle toward him; so “First Look” is quite different from tradition.

A “receiving line” is proper etiquette at any formal party with more than a couple of dozen guests. The hostess (and optionally the host) and the guests of honour stand at the door to greet guests as they arrive. At a traditional wedding the hostess is the bride’s mother and the guests of honour are the bride, the groom, the wedding party and the groom’s mother (and optionally her husband). At any party with fewer guests, it is equally proper for the hostess simply to go over to each guest and greet him as he enters the room, and introduce him to a couple of people; but with many guests arriving all at once the hostess cannot fulfil that duty without a receiving line.

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