(Closed) Receiving Line?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How would you incorporate a receiving line?
    ONE receiving line after ceremony. : (8 votes)
    26 %
    TWO receiving lines - before ceremony and after : (0 votes)
    NO receiving line : (23 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    we didnt do one. Same boat as you. no way we had the time to do that.

    we went around to each table and did a toast. we had it pretty well timed out and made it to every table. people seemed to like it too! maybe could you do something like that?

    Post # 5
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    My cousin blew off the reception line and had the photographer come with her and her groom to each table, we d id a toast they took a pic and then moved on.  She’s like a tank, nothing slows her down or stops her for long.  But she did get pictures of every single person at her wedding which was nice.

    Post # 6
    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Isn’t the receiving line AT the ceremony?  That’s how I’ve always seen it done.  The couple (and whoever else) stand at the entrance to the church as people file out.  Or you could dismiss your guests row by row and have a moment to talk to each of them that way.

    Post # 7
    42 posts

    What about having your recieving line as everyone enters the reception room, just before everyone has supper? 

    Or I do love the idea of visiting every table, this way you will get to say hello to everyone at your wedding, and get some adorable pictures, plus your guests are likely to be more relaxed than they might be in a formal recieving line.


    Post # 9
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We went around to each of the tables to thank everyone. We had about 30 tables and managed to make it to all of them during the salad course. We made it back to our sweetheart table in time for the entree!

    Post # 10
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    @CherryWaves: it actaully was pretty easy. since we get to eat first we were also done first and so while other people were eating at their tables we walked around thanked each person for coming and did a nice little toast. plus the photographer took pics during it too so i got photos with everyone. we timed it out to about 2-3 minutes per table. Then half way through we took a seat did the toasts and cake and while the guests were eating their cake we did the other half of the tables.

    it was nice too cause people could see what we were doing so most people stayed seated and waited and werent pulling us away.

    i highly recommend it and we got compliments on it all evening too on how nice it was that everyone got a little face time with us.

    Post # 11
    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I was working at a wedding recently that must of had about 150-200 guests. The receiving line (to go into the wedding breakfast) seemed to go on for ever. I’m sure some guests stood in the queue for almost half an hour! I felt dreadful for them and it made me certain that I won’t be doing one. I’ve never really enjoyed them as a guest anyway – apart from “congratulations”, what do you say?! Especially when speaking to a parent that you’ve never met before…

    Post # 13
    223 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We didn’t have one either. My husband gave a toast to thank everyone and then we went around to all the tables and tried to talk to as many people as possible towards the end of dinner. Of course, this meant that we barely got to touch dinner. lol. 🙂 

    Post # 14
    624 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are doing one after the ceremony. This is what the reception hall reccomended becuase everyone is already up and leaving anyway.

    Post # 15
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve never heard of a receiving line before the reception, I thought ususaly everyone is seated first and then the bridal party has their big entrance. If you really want to do a receiving line it would be best after the ceremony but personally  I would skip and go round all the tables during the reception instead

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