(Closed) Opinions on receiving lines?

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Receiving line or no receiving line?
    I would prefer a receiving line : (6 votes)
    8 %
    I would prefer to skip the receiving line : (55 votes)
    74 %
    I don't care either way : (13 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 17
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    Hate them. So awkward unless you’re really close with the couple’s family.

    Post # 18
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re not doing the usual receiving line b/c my FI’s parents have been divorced since he was young so it gets complilcated.  BUT I think we might go back into the sancuary and “dismiss” each pew and greet the guests as they exit that way.  I’ve seen it done this way a few times and it’s nice because as guests wait they get to watch the B&G which seems to make the wait more acceptable.  ….We were worried about getting around to all 350 of our guests at the reception, that’s why we won’t be ONLY circulating.

    Post # 19
    1397 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Receiving lines are common around here and we’re inviting mostly family, so I guess it’s not as awkward as it might be for some. We haven’t decided if we’re actually doing one–might be easier just to do table visits.

    Post # 20
    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I am so interested by all of the replies. I have NEVER been to a wedding that didn’t have a receiving line! AND (in my family at least) on top of the receiving line you are expected to do the table rounds as well. My aunt recently got married and had a receiving line. Afterwards my mom was like “your aunt never came around to the tables!”

    SO I voted that I would prefer to skip it, but the reality is I will probably end up doing both a receiving line and stopping at all the tables just so not to offend.

    Post # 21
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    One wedding I was in last year had the receiving line at the end of the ceremony in the church vestibule…… and it took almost an hour to get out of the church!! Which put us getting to the reception even later due to pictures! We will not be having a receiving line. We’ll walk around the reception meeting and greeting our guests at their tables.

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