(Closed) How does everyone feel about receiving lines?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How do you feel about receiving lines
    Can take them or leave them, don't care either way : (9 votes)
    15 %
    I hate them they take too long : (36 votes)
    61 %
    I like them, they are efficient : (9 votes)
    15 %
    Not sure, never experienced it : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I don’t mind receiving lines where its just the bride and groom. I HATE receiving lines with the entire bridal party. Most of the time you don’t know half of them and its awkward. I think your idea is good though and will help out with talking to everyone.

    Post # 4
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    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @PuntaCanaBride: I agree! The last wedding (a friend’s) I went to had parents in their receiving line… I don’t know your parents! It was so awkward.

    Post # 6
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    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I don’t like receiving lines because they are often awkward. I never know what exactly to say. It’s usually much nicer when the bride and groom come around to the tables during the reception. It’s easier to converse and no worries about waiting in line. 

    Post # 7
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    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m pretty anti-receiving line.  Even with only the bride and groom there, some guest is going to be the last in line.  Either you have to rush through everyone, in which case it really doesn’t solve the problem of making each guest feel welcome and appreciated, or you take your time, and the people at the end spend a long time waiting.  With 80-100 guests I would think you could manage table-to-table greetings and make sure you see everyone that way.

    That said, my mom loves receiving lines and is disappointed that we aren’t having one.  She just chats with whoever she’s near in the line, usually who she came with, and she knows that she’ll at least get a few seconds of face time with the couple.  

    Whatever you decide, you can’t please everyone, so you should do what you feel most comfortable doing.

    Post # 8
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    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I forgot about the rush-factor– as a guest I always feel guilty if I spend too long talking.  I’m pushing for no line at my wedding. 

    But it’s your wedding, definitely do what makes you happy.

    Post # 10
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    1 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We had one with us and our parents. I think it was a great way to cover our bases and make sure both Darling Husband and I got around to every guest, even though we made rounds later, the receiving line made certain no one was forgotten by either of us.

    Post # 11
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We did one with just us, it was nice to take a second and realize just who all came.  It was actually one of my favorite things about our evening.

    Post # 13
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Amy43026: It actually went pretty quick, maybe ten minutes at the most with around 100 guests.  We also went around to all the tables and got a chance to talk to people, but I was just so thrilled that so many came out considering all the issues we had around that time. (our area was flooding, invites only went out two weeks before the wedding,and cws traffic with flooding caused everyone to be an hour late, so I was shocked that there was that many people that were able to show up for us)

    Post # 14
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    1190 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am in favor of receiving lines. We are having one and it will include us and our parents. I like them because it ensures that you say hello to everyone and don’t have to stress about going round to every table during dinner when it is time for you to sit and enjoy the food.

    I was at a wedding where there was no receiving line and the bride and groom didn’t come around to all the tables. I think I finally congratulated them around 10pm. 

     

    Post # 15
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We plan to usher our guests out from the ceremony (go row by row and get our hugs, chat, etc). The pastor will announce this after we do our exit as a couple, and he’ll also announce that those who would like to leave before are free to. We’ll give them a few minutes to slip out (and give us those first moments to enjoy being husband and wife), then we’ll go usher out the rows. We’ll also have a slideshow playing to entertain guests while they wait for us to get to them. This way the guests that would like to see us can visit and chat while seated rather than waiting in line.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I prefer the idea of going from table to table – to me, it shows your guests that you’re really making an effort to come to see them.  Plus, I’ve always found it awkward to be a guest in a receiving line, especially if I don’t know one half (or even both) of the couple that well!

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