Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out when/how to do a receiving line or if we should just greet people at their tables during the reception.
We’re getting married in a beautiful ballroom in a nice hotel. The ceremony and reception will both take place there without much of a break in between. When the ceremony ends we’ll walk down the aisle and straight out to the limo to go get photos taken. We’ll be gone about 30 minutes while our guests begin sitting at tables (there will be separate ceremony chairs in the middle of the room) and will be offered drinks. The hotel staff will remove all of the ceremony things (aisle runner, chairs, etc.) during this time. Then when we get back from photos we’ll have our big entrance and go straight to the first dance.
When would we do a receiving line? My sister did hers as guests filed into their reception room and that made a lot of sense to me. But since our guests don’t have to move rooms, I can’t figure out how to do it. Or could we just go table to table to greet guests during dinner?
Post # 3
I’d suggest skipping the receiving line and going table to table.
Post # 4
@Beckster329: That’s what I’ve been thinking – thanks for the affirmation!
Post # 5
Our reception and ceremony were in the same room, but our “cocktail hour” was mostly outside, so our receiving line was right outside the room, so people could greet us as they were heading out.
You don’t NEED a receiving line. We were actually not going to do one, but DH’s parents kinda set one up at the last minute o_O oh well lol
Post # 6
@DeathByDesign: See, I think that makes so much sense – doing the receiving line as people are exiting (or entering). But our guests will have no reason to leave the room at all and it’d be silly for them to leave and then just go right back in. I’m glad to know other people think it’s okay to just go without. Thanks!!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Our ceremony and reception are at the same venue- different spaces, and we’re skipping the receiving line. We should have about 13 tables, so it’ll be a lot easier to go to the guest tables, vs. a line.
Post # 8
We aren’t doing a formal receiving line, and I haven’t been to a wedding that did in a long time. We will do the entrance back in and our first dance, then we will be first to get food. We will eat and then try to make rounds I think while everyone else is eating
Post # 9
We are skipping the receiving line and circulating during dinner. Our ceremony and reception are in different parts of the same venue.