(Closed) How does one successfully execute a receiveing line?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

After we left the church main room, we waited by the doors.  We were followed by our bridal party, then our parents & grandparents.  We had us, our Maid/Matron of Honor & Bridesmaid or Best Man, then our parents line up, and then everyone streamed out.  It took less time than we thought.

Don’t get into deep conversations, and keep everyone moving.  The heat had everyone running for their cars, so that helped too!

Post # 4
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My wedding is coming up so I don’t know if this will work, but we’ve decided to have the receiving line entering the cocktail hour, rather than leaving the ceremony.  In our case, the spaces make more sense to do it this way…. but it will also be easier to say “welcome!  now go enjoy a drink” and pass people off to the bar so that hopefully there’s not back-up.  good luck!

Post # 5
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe we’re doing ours a bit weirdly, but here’s our game plan: First look, photos together and with wedding party, ceremony, 1 hour for cocktail hour and remaining family photos (going to try to be quick with the photos so we can enjoy a bit of the cocktail hour), THEN receiving line as people are on their way to the tent/grab their escort card. We’re just doing Fiance, myself and our parents in the line, no wedding party because there’s SO many of us. We’re hoping this will help move people out of the cocktail hour area and into the tent for dinner, our DOC (and wedding party) is going to give people the heads up to make the trek to the tent/receiving line. Hopefully it will work out smoothly!

From everyone I’ve heard from that did the table visits, they really hated it because they didn’t get to actually sit down and enjoy their dinner at all, they maybe got two bites of it. Personally I’m all about the food, so I’m not skipping out on my fancy meal!!! LOL!

Post # 6
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think with a 200 person wedding…it would be very difficult to make it to all the tables without spending the whole night doing it!  I would definitely go for a receiving line, but it is up to you whether you do it after the ceremony, at the beginning of cocktails, or after dinner.  I think end of ceremony or at the start of cocktails would probably be most successful and keep the people moving along, so you have time to say hello and thank you to everyone!

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