(Closed) If you do a receiving line…

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did a receiving line and I think it does take away some of the necessity to spend a ton of time with people later on during the reception.  We had everyone leave on their own so we didn’t have to release each row.

Post # 4
Member
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

We did a receiving line instead of visiting each table during dinner.  We wanted to be able to eat our own dinner.  But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t make it a point to visit with as many guests as possible during the reception.  We just didn’t do it in an organized fashion since we had already done that with the receiving line.

Post # 5
Hostess
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Usually a receiving line takes the place of table visits. Sure, you should spend time with your guests, but your obligation to greet them all has been taken care of.

Post # 6
Member
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with PPs. We’re doing the releasing of the guests ourselves to alleviate the need to formally go to each table/not feel bad if we don’t get to everyone at the reception. I think a receiving line serves the same purpose, except sometimes people skip the receiving line all together, so you may not get to visit with them unless you seek them out later that night. 

Post # 7
Member
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Just do one or the other.  Both would be too exhausting.  You may need a long reception! Unless you only have 4 tables of guests

Post # 8
Hostess
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@indibee: We’ll be “releasing” our guests from their rows in the ceremony, too!

Post # 9
Member
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We released our guests row by row after the ceremony and it seemed to go faster and you didn’t have a backup of guests waiting for you in the hall.  People are more likely to not say as much when you greet them on their way out of the row, which makes it a lot more smoother and quicker. 

Post # 10
Hostess
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@stormy9973: How many guests did you have? Do you know (approx) how long it took? I’m trying to figure out if this is the best option for our wedding. Thanks!

Post # 11
Member
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

what do you guys mean by releasing? Who does the actual releasing part? And do the bride and groom still stand outside? I’m confuseddddd!

Post # 12
Hostess
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@peaches1038: At some weddings, after the bride and groom have been announced and have exited the ceremony location, they’ll return and “release” a row of guests at a time. At this point, they’ll greet the guests instead of doing a receiving line or table visit. Does that make sense?

Post # 13
Member
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Gemstone: Our wedding is looking to be huge (at least to me) but even with 250-300 guests, we’d love to do it this way because I doubt we’ll get a chance to visit 30 tables for any quality amount of time. We’re doing photos beforehand, so that shouldn’t be adding to their wait. We’d discussed in a previous thread (I think you were there) about doing a slideshow at the end so that those who are waiting have some fun/goofy/sweet photos to look through and music…not just crickets. Haha.

@stormy9973: I’d love to hear your input on how many guests/how long it took as well!

@peaches1038: We’ll basically be doing the jobs of the ushers and letting people out row by row, giving all the hugs and the thank yous, etc, as they go. I think it’s faster than a receiving line because you’re moving them through, not them coming to you and taking their time if they choose. We’ll exit like normal after being announced with the whole processional, but then our ushers will wait by the doors to help people into their cars and give directions while we let everyone out of the church. 

Post # 15
Hostess
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@indibee: Same here. 250-300 guests…too many tables to try to visit! And you’re right, I think I was on the other thread that discussed the slideshow for a bit of entertainment. 🙂

Post # 16
Hostess
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@TealChocolate: You’re right. Table visits can sometimes be awkward. But it works best for your timeline, I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s what has happened at most weddings I’ve been to, and I’ve never minded getting out of my seat to hug the bride and groom. 🙂

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