(Closed) Opinions on receiving lines?

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Receiving line or no receiving line?

    I would prefer a receiving line

    I would prefer to skip the receiving line

    I don't care either way

  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are not doing a receiving line. I always find them awkward. We are just going to go around the room and thank everyone for coming.

    Post # 4
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Me too. Am skipping, toasts, receiving lines and everything else you mentioned except for our first dance.  We are planning to spend time at each table and thank everyone for coming individually as we pass out our favors.

     

    Post # 5
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding WITH a receiving line.  Every wedding I’ve attended- the bride and groom made rounds to each of the tables, and I know that’s what we’re planning on doing.

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Receiving lines are very much part of the wedding culture here and can sneak up on you even if you don’t want it.  We got our officiant to agree to announce at the end of the ceremony that parents can stay to congradulate us after the ceremony and we’ll talk to everyone else at the reception.

    I’m not holding my breath though.  I’m sure it’s going to form anyways.  Kind of like big circles of chairs with everyone shouting to the person across the room they’re in a conversation with spontaniously happen at birthday parties.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee

    We’re doing one, but our officiant will say that it’s optional – we fully expect the young people to skip it and just let the old people get their hugs in. Then we can party at the reception and not worry about greeting all the old people!

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i’ve actually only ever been to one (out of many) weddings that had a receiving line. i’m definitely planing on skipping it, we’ll make the rounds at the reception instead. easier and less standing around for the guests.

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think receiving lines make more sense at large weddings, just because it gives you the chance to make sure you really do get to have a couple of words with everyone who came.

    I would prefer a smaller wedding, and so I probably wouldn’t have a receiving line.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    No receiving line for us!  We will make it to each table but I’ve always felt the line took to long and was awkward. 

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Ugh…I hate receiving lines.  I’m just not one for hugging people I barely know.  We’ll probably just go from table to table while people are eating.  Unfortunately, this probably means we won’t get to enjoy our meal very much 🙁

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would like to put in an argument FOR receiving lines. I think the weddings I’ve been to are half and half. But I like them because you get to meet people’s parents, however briefly, who often are the hosts as well, as it adds a nice level of ritual to a day of ritual. We had it, and it was great to be able to chat with everyone, however briefly. We also did tables visits.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    We didn’t do one. And I usually skip them as a guest. I never know what to say, and I always want to say something unique and nice but that never happens. It’s just awkward.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I think that this is actually the more common way to do it now. I haven’t seen a receiving line at a wedding in a long time – most people tend to go visit the tables now!

    Post # 15
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m skipping the receiving line too.  I’ve been to several weddings and I’ve never been to one with a receiving line.  I’m planning on table visits. 

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did it because it was a good way to get everyone out of the location and I didn’t have to spend the entire reception going around to see everyone and tell them thanks for coming.

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