(Closed) Is no receving line really OK?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are also going to have our priest announce that we will not have a recieving line and will be visiting table to table at the reception.  I think we will do this after dinner/dessert/speeches cause most people won’t be up dancing right aways anyways.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re only having a 40 person wedding so I’ve veto’d the receiving line.  I think it’s pointless since we’re going to mingle with people at the reception, ride back to the reception on the bus with them, etc, etc.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our plan is to not do a receiving line and make sure we are served first at dinner, finish our dinner and NOT be rushed, and then do table visits with family tables/older guests. Those are the only people I can see being offended. We’ll definitely see our friends on the dance floor and at the afterparty so I’m not overly concerned about their tables. They don’t know or follow etiquette rules so whatever.

Post # 35
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes….i actually really hate receiving lines  as a guest! =]

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are not doing a receiving line after the ceremony at the Church because we want to have enough tmie to take plenty of great photos and take our time doing it.

We scheduled enough time between the ceremony and cocktail hour so that we had an extra half hour  or so to join in the cocktail hour and greet everyone then and kinda do the modified version of a receiving line and we get to enjoy the food and drinks too!!!! 🙂

Hope this helps wedding day twin!!! 🙂

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Guests need to be greeted in some fashion. Dismissing the rows at the end of the ceremony will only take 15-20 mins maximum since folks know to rush through. A receiving line will take the same amount of time. Table visits will take much longer because folks won’t know that you are trying to get to everyone in a certain period of time and will be very chatty. Those who have done table visits as their receiving line usually say that they don’t get around to even half their guests before they realize that the reception is over and they didn’t get to dance or eat or even see the other guests they wanted to.

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My husband and I had a “family only” receiving line. It helped tell everyone to head downstairs for the reception. It was nice to see all of our guests before we went down and had our first dance. It helped us enjoy our reception rather than worrying about greeting everyone.

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t think they’re a ‘must’ anymore, and while debating over whether to have one or not I was told they’re actually considered kinda old fashioned. And to me it would just be awkward. We are standing at the entrance to the venue and welcoming guests as they enter, then sneaking off for pictures and reentering later.

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