(Closed) HELP! Please tell me what a CeremonyReading, EscortCard and RecievingLine is!

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

A ceremony reading is usually a poem, a passage from a book, or religious text either special to the couple or about love/marriage. Like in Christian weddings, 1 Corinthains 13 is a popular one. 

An escort card has to do with where guests sit at the reception, they have their name and what table they are seated at, usually placed near the entrance so the guests can pick them up to find their table. Or you can use a place card, which are at each place setting with the name on them to assign both the table and seat.

A receiving line is where the bride, groom, and usually their family members and sometimes part of the wedding party literally stand in a line and shake hands with all the guests as they file by. The point is so every guest at least gets to say hello to the bride and groom. Not REALLY popular anymore because it takes a long time of standing in line. Now lots of bride/grooms choose to visit each table to talk to the guests during the reception.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

ceremony reading = meaningful words (a poem, Scripture, an excerpt from a book, etc) that you have someone close to you say during your wedding ceremony

escort card = cards that your guests pick up at the reception to tell them where they are seated. These are not necessary — you can put this information on a poster or something — as long as your guests know where they’re seated if you are having assigned seating

receiving line = your wedding party and family line up so that you may “receive” all your guests — so everyone goes through the line, says hello, gives you their best wishes, etc. Many brides are not doing this lately, as it takes a great deal of time. Still, you really should find a way to say hello and spend some time with all your guests.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ceremony reading- Someone important to you (such as a close friend or relative) participates in the ceremony by doing a reading.  The reading is usually a sweet poem or a verse from the bible.

Escort cards- Usually laid out during cockatil hour, each card says the name of a specific person, and the table they are seated at for the reception. They help guests find their seats

Recieving Line- Usually held right after the ceremony, consists of You and your new Husband, usually both sets of parents and maybe the best man and maid of honor.  You greet each guest as they leave the ceremony to ensure that you are able to say hello to everyone and can enjoy your reception.  I have not ever seen one of these in person, I think that might be a little outdated or just not popular where I am from

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Whoops!  Looks like we all answered at once =)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Receiving lines typically happen right after the ceremony, as guests are exiting. They can also sometimes happen at the beginning of the reception, as guests are entering.

As PP noted, they are becoming less common, but they are a really good way to make sure the couple gets a chance to talk (even if briefly) with all of the guests. Couples who try to visit tables during the reception may not get a chance to eat dinner, and frequently get mired in conversation at one/a few tables and miss out on talking to everyone like they intended.

Another advantage of receiving lines is that traditionally the bride & groom’s parents split up and stand on opposite sides (so, you would have FOB and MOG, then the couple, then MOB and FOG) so that they can introduce one another to the other side’s guests (i.e. bride’s mom will introduce groom’s father to all the bride’s relatives & family friends that he probably doesn’t know; he does the same for her; and over on the other side, the MOG and FOB are doing the same thing.)

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@jeza_s:  A ceremony reading isn’t really necessary. Anyone can do it though. I don’t want any myself because poetry really is just not for us (at all, hate it!) and we aren’t religious. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jeza_s:  Your officiant can do it. We wanted our ceremony super super super simple so our officiant did everything – blessing, readings, pronouncement, everything. We had ours at the beginning before the vows.

I think ours went like this:

Why were here

Reading

Vows

Blessing

Pronouncement

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