(Closed) How does everyone feel about receiving lines?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How do you feel about receiving lines

    Can take them or leave them, don't care either way

    I hate them they take too long

    I like them, they are efficient

    Not sure, never experienced it

  • Post # 17
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think if you don’t have one, at least try to go from table to table. It’s nice to try to say hi or thank you to all of your guests.  You can try to “move along” the receiving line by just giving a heartfelt “thank you” to your guests and then sort of move to the next person.  I think they start to get long when people try to fill the silence by making small talk.  And if people don’t like them, they can find a way to skip the line.

    Post # 18
    1505 posts
    Bumble bee

    My close friend got married and had one, and I really appreciated her having one. Sure, it is a little awkward to talk to someone you don’t know for a minute, but it was worth it to be able to talk to her. I would feel stressed if she mingled at our table while I was up geting a drink or something and would feel cheated out of sharing a moment with her. There is so many people, it is hard to connect with each one! I say do it, it will be worth it for you guys. I would agree with PP’s, maybe just you and your groom, and that way it is easier on those who feel awward.

    Post # 19
    352 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m not really a fan of receiving lines.. but like you I have only been to a couple of weddings and only one did one so I don’t have to much experience to back up my opinion. With that being said I think having only the 2 of you in the receiving line is a good idea (I would NEVER put the wedding party or parents) in the receiving line (unless it is a small wedding party and/or most of the guests know them.

    With around 100 people you’ll be ok… especially considering

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    @tksjewelry:‘s receiving line only took 10 minutes. That’s not bad at all.

    At the end of the day if that’s what you want to do I think you should do it. But like other Bees have said, I would still make your rounds to the tables as a receiving line doesn’t give each guest enough face time with you and it can see rushed at times.

    Post # 20
    37 posts
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We are having the recieving line with us and our parents, simply because I have a horrible time with names and some of my family I haven’t see in almost a decade. So I am scared I will blank on names, so I want my parents to be there to fill in the blanks lol.  I have known a few people who tried to skip the line, and people generally stopped them when they got to the hall anyways, so I find it easier and more time efficent to just have one.

    Post # 21
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Im a big believer in receiving lines so at the very least you have thanked everyone for coming.Our receiving line went very quick. For 90 guests it took around 30 minutes. We only had our parents and us in it and no bridal party.I was so glad we did it as it gave all of us a chance to thank guests for attending. Dinner we also went around to tables however 3 of our tables were missed as people talk longer than expected plus we still needed to eat dinner. After dinner no one is at their tables so the receiving line was my saving grace!

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