(Closed) Is no receving line really OK?

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2536 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m thinking that we’ll just visit tables because I’ve never seen a receiving line at a wedding, but that’s just me. Others may find that tacky. I don’t know.

Post # 4
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can definitely visit each table at the reception, but be aware that this means that you likely won’t get to eat any of your dinner! I hate the receiving line too, but I’d rather eat dinner so we’re just going to deal with it ๐Ÿ˜‰ To keep it a bit faster though, we’re going to just have us and our parents rather than the whole wedding party as well. We’ll get the wedding party to start funneling the guests towards us to keep the day moving along ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
2820 posts
Sugar bee

We had like a spontaneous one form.  It didn’t last long but we walked back down the aisle first but people followed shortly after.  We knew we were supposed to wait to walk outside for bubbles so we were just kinda standing in the back so everyone walked past us and of course wanted to say something.  It worked out well.  We got to be the last ones out of the church and go out in a swarm of bubbles.  Our spontaneous ‘receiving line’ was just the two of us so it didn’t take very long for everyone to go through (we had 120 people and it took like maybe 10 minutes, maybe a bit longer, but people just wanted to say congrats and give a hug)

Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

My Fiance and I are having cupcakes at our wedding. Instead of a recieving line with tons of perfumey/cologney hugs, we’ve decided to give out everyone’s cupcakes instead. We still get a minute with everyone….and no one gets “Totsied” [anyone watch Gilmore Girls?]  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
3997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That’s what we did!  We had absolutely no desire to do a receiving line, its just not us.  And no one said boo about it.  We made sure to go to every table and say hello, it was much better that way for us.  Now that I think about it, I’ve been to a lot of weddings and only 1 of them did this.  It might just be phasing out.

Post # 8
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We didn’t do a receiving line, but did table toasts.  It still took over 30 minutes to visit our 14 tables, but it was worth it.  And I think our guests appreciated it.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s not tacky to skip it, but like PP said, you’ll likely miss dinner.  I think we’re going to skip it and after the grand entrance to reception and dancing and all that stuff, we’ll eat and after that we will go visit tables. 

Post # 10
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We skipped the receiving line and opted to circulate the room instead.  We had action stations, so we were able to visit with everybody and still eat dinner afterward.

Post # 11
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We didn’t want a receiving line (I have seriously only been to about two weddings that had them, and, as a guest, I don’t like them because they tend to be a little awkward) and we don’t really want to have to commit to visiting all of our ~20 tables (and therefore not getting a chance to eat our delicious meal!).

So, we’ve decided to do something else: our reception venue is two separate rooms, one for cocktails/dancing and one for dinner, so when the doors are opened to the dining room for dinner, The Guy and I will greet all the guests as they make their way to their tables. Hopefully this will be as successful for us as it was for our friends who did the same thing a few years ago.

Post # 12
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing photographs before the ceremony so we’re going to use cocktail hour to greet our guests. This way we say hi to everyone and can actually eat during dinner. 

Post # 13
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it’s fine. Actually I don’t remember ever seeing a receiving line in action at a wedding. But I’ve always had ample opportunity that let me have a conversation with the bride and groom.

Post # 14
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I didn’t do a receiving line. We got our dinner first, ate it, and then visited tables. We were present for most of the cocktail hour though!

Post # 15
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are not going to be doing a receiving line either.  Fiance and I are very stuck between doing a first look photo session before the ceremony so that we can attend the cocktail hour OR table toasting during appetizers.

Post # 16
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We actually had our priest announce at the end of the ceremony that there would be no receiving line but that we would visit each table at the reception. I never liked receiving lines because I feel like people are just pushed through. We went around to every table at the reception and it felt much more personal.

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