(Closed) receiving line after ceremony or greet at reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: receiving line or not?
    yes-get it over with after the ceremony. : (9 votes)
    21 %
    no-takes too much time, greet each guest at the reception. : (26 votes)
    62 %
    other- whats your thought? : (7 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would get it out of the way at the end of the ceremony. That way, you have time to sit down and eat, which many brides insist they are not able to do, and enjoy your wedding without feeling like you didn’t get to greet anyone. The argument is often made that not everyone who attends the reception attends the ceremony, but in real life, it is very rare to only attend or be invited to one event and not both as it is considered bad manners to do that.

    Post # 4
    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We decided that once everyone gets to the reception before dinner we’re going to go to each table to let them go to dinner. The DJ will announce that we’re coming around and to stay at tables until we “release”(wording? haha) them for dinner. That way the buffet won’t get rushed too much and we’ll have a nice time to greet everyone less awkwardly than in a line where people don’t know whether to hug you or shake your hand or if they really know you at all! 😉 Another friend of mine is having individual cakes on each table instead of a big cake and she and her Fiance are going to go around to each table and cut the cake for them.

    Post # 5
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    If your ceremony is at a church, check to see if they have any rules regarding receiving lines.  At my church, we have to be out of there within half an hour and we are not allowed to have a receiving line at all.

    Post # 6
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re having close to 200 as well and we’re planning to do the same thing our friends did at their wedding a few years ago: The Guy and I will stand at the doors to the dining room at the reception venue and greet everyone as they’re on their way into the dining room (our venue has separate rooms for cocktails and dinner). This will ensure that we get to say hi to everyone, but also that we get to eat our meals without worrying about visiting each table during the meal.

    Post # 7
    2404 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    ugh..we are debating this ourselves too!!! i still don’t know, all of these comments have good points for either way. i’m keeping my eye on this thread!

    Post # 9
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    In Jewish tradition you are supposed to take 15 minutes to be with your new spouse (and have a bite to eat). I think that’s a great idea. I want to talk to everyone during the reception so there’s no point in a recieving line anyway.

    Post # 10
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    walk around to the tables during the reception.  you will probably have to split up from your husband to do this.  my husband hit up most of his family’s tables while I did mine.  

    Post # 11
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    After our ceremony, since we were outdoors and didn’t have a good spot for a receiving line, we opted to release the guests ourselves from their seats instead of the ushers.  This works to get people up and out and on their way to the reception site and works as a receiving line as well!

    p.s. I had an awesome time at our reception, however, I do feel guilty that I didn’t chat with the guests more… just something to think about

    Post # 12
    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am *99%* sure that we are going to go around individually at the wedding…it will be about 100 ppl and 10 tables so it seems totally doable?!!

    Post # 13
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    We’re doing a Pie recieving line at the reception.. I just really like the idea of finding a super cute apron and dishing out pie to my guests.

    Post # 14
    521 posts
    Busy bee

    We’ll have less than 40 guests so I guess we will greet folks after the service…don’t want an official “receiving line” though. Too stuffy for me. we’ll have time to chat with everyone at the reception. So maybe we would do both???

    Post # 15
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    Honestly we’ll probably do both. We are anticipating a maximum of 60 guests so a receiving line won’t take very long, and I just have a hard time imagining us at our reception not going around to each table to greet everyone, with that small a group. I’m looking forward to that feeling of intimacy and community – the benefit of being able to have a conversation with each guest was a big part of our decision to have a small wedding.

    Post # 16
    5388 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I am planning on doing it at the reception. Probably after we cut the cake and before everyone hits the dance floor. We plan on doing our dances (father daughter, mother son) and sit down to eat. After that we will probably start greeting guests or cut the cake and greet everyone. If we are running ahead we may do it during the cocktail hour.

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