(Closed) Receiving Line

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

I didn’t. I hate them as a guest when its a large wedding. It takes forever to get through!

We also did a first look though which allowed us to have more time with our guests so the first hour, cocktail hour, we went around to our guests to say hello.

Post # 4
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that when your guest list goes over a certain number of people it’s standard to have one.  I can’t remember how many people it is though… I think that if you plan on going around to individual tables at the reception that would be perfectly acceptable. It doesn’t sound like you have enough guests to keep you wandering around for the whole party.

Post # 5
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re not doing the receiving line… Instead we are going table to table to say hello and thank our guests. I think you can scrap the receiving line. 🙂

Post # 6
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would love to scrap the receiving line but it’s such a tradition in our family that I think guests would be really confused. Plus, we’ll be taking photos afterwards at the gazebo so it’s not like we can just leave somewhere….guests will wonder what on earth we’re dong, I think!

but I seriously HATE the awkwardness of a receiving line, especially having attended weddings with my SO where I’ve never met the people getting married. It’s so weird…do you hug…do you shake hands…do you avoid it completely? Haha!

Post # 7
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are doing a first look so we are going to do an informal recieveing line at the cocktail hour. It will just be the two of us (no parents or BP) and people can choose not to join the line or can grab a drink while waiting. I dont want to rely on just mingling or going table to table bc i think that will take longer with my chatty family and friends and we want to spend as much time on thedance floor as we can.

But we are having 180. With a smaller guestlist going table to table should not take too long

Post # 8
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i hate receiving lines.  i think people do them because then they think they don’t have to worry about getting around to anyone.  i think when you’re having a wedding youre basically a host and it’s your job to get around to each table, receiving line or not.

Post # 9
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

we didnt do one. instead we went around to each table and did a toast with them during dinner. i liked it a lot more then a line and the guests enjoyed it too.

Post # 10
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m not big on the idea of a receiving line, but I kind of feel like we have to do it–the two sides of the family don’t know each other very well, and this might be the only chance people get to meet me or him for a long time.

And if I’m left to my own devices, I don’t talk to strangers, so that wouldn’t go over well.

Post # 11
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are stuck having one, since we are not having a seated dinner later (just stations). I think you only really need to have one if you do not have another opportunity to personaly greet all your guests. To make it easier on everyone, we are doing it in the church parish hall immediately following the service with just my fiance and me. We will have wine punch and snacks available for everyone so they do not get too borred–and hopefuly it will move quickly with just the two of us in the line.

Post # 12
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

At the last wedding I went to, it was good because all the people saw the bride and groom and they actually got to dance.  It took about 15 minutes and all of us (bridal party) had time to enjoy the cocktail hour afterwards. 

Post # 13
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I hate receiving lines so we definitely didn’t do one.

We had about 135 guests and we went around to each table during dinner.

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