(Closed) No receiving line… is this rude?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If I am not mistaken, the receiving line used to be for the ceremony-only guests to give you their blessings before you headed to your more intimate reception.  This has changed to a receiving line at the reception sometimes due to photos and such (and if the same folks are invited to the reception). 

Are you guys doing a reception/dinner at the hotel?  If so, you’re totally fine.  🙂

Post # 5
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As long as you have time to greet each guest at some point I think you are fine.  Most people don’t like receiving lines anyway!  It’s a long wait and can get kind of awkward. Pictures during cocktail hour is the norm these days anyway. 

Post # 6
14559 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not rude at all imo.  I hate receiving lines, its just awkward and not even genuine personal time cause you’re just trying to get through this formality.

Post # 7
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Not rude. Just make sure you greet your guests at some point!

We’re skipping the receiving line since it just doesn’t work with our venue/timeline.

Post # 8
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are also having a small destination wedding. I had the same thought about the receiving line because I didnt really understand why it was necessary. I recently found out that it is ok to not do a receiving line for a small wedding, just make sure you go to each table and let everyone know you appreciate their presence at your wedding.


Post # 10
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have never been to a wedding with a reception line and I’ve been to a a mixture of formal to casual weddings. I never heard of it before joining WB. I’ve experienced (and plan on for myself and FI) to greet everyone at their tables/while mingling.

Post # 11
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it’s fine as long as you make sure to visit each guest during the reception. We are skipping it to allow more time for photos(so we can enjoy the end of our cocktail hour).

Post # 12
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had receiving line qualms, so our officiant suggested that we personally dismiss each row of guests following the ceremony. Fiance and I will exit, our bridal party will follow, and then Fiance and I will return to the front and personally dismiss each row. This will give us the chance to personally greet/thank each guest and will prevent my mother from bringing a receiving line to a standstill (with excessive greeting.) Smile It also eliminates the need to get to each table during our reception. Fiance has the gift of gab, too (not limited to just my mother), so I am relieved with this solution.

Post # 13
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve only been to one wedding where there was a receiving line, and honestly, I don’t love it. Especially with such a small group, you’ll definitely have time to see everyone, almost every wedding I’ve been to the bride and groom immediately take pics. Just don’t take tooooo long so it isn’t hours without you at the party. 

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