(Closed) Receiving Line: Most couples dont have time to greet everyone at reception…

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you don’t have enough time for all of your guests, then you are having too many guests. I would never invite that many people. If you can’t take time to greet and chat with each guest, then why are you inviting them? 
And this isn’t directed at you, I’m just saying in general. I don’t know how people invite 400 people and then complain about having to greet everyone. 

Post # 4
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

I had a lot of people at my wedding and it’s because they are all part of my community.  They wanted to help us celebrate our union.  Guestlists are personal choices.  Just because one person doesn’t choose it for themself doesn’t mean that others can’t choose it.  If you have the same guests at both your ceremony and your reception, it sounds like the receiving line is sufficient.  I had a receiving line at the start of our reception and we also greeted each table.  But I think one or the other would have also been sufficient. 

Post # 5
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I went to a wedding Thanksgiving weekend where after the bride and groom kissed and walked out they came back in and dismissed everyone row by row. They stood in the center aisle and talked to everyone as they were exiting their seats. Thought that was kind of nice since around here we usually do receiving lines outside and it was cold that night.

Post # 7
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We only had 80 guests and I felt like it wasn’t enough time to actually hang out with everybody. 

Post # 9
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did a receiving line and visited every table during the reception dinner.  I still don’t think we got enough personal time with all 130 of our guests, but we did talk to everyone twice.  I liked the receiving line and thought it was especially appropriate because we had about 6 people who could only attend the ceremony.

Post # 10
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We made it to all our tables.

But we just attended a wedding where the bride and groom only made it to 5 of the 24 tables. And they had no receiving line. Everybody I talked to thought it was terribly rude and were really put off by it. They didn’t even excuse the rows at the wedding.

Post # 11
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We were able to visit with everyone at the reception but it was just hellos and very brief conversations. This was by us going from table to table and also talking to people while out on the dance floor or throughout the reception at the bar. The other thing was we had about 90%% of our guests at our rehearsal dinner so we were able to spend more time with people. I really enjoyed that. I think a receiving line is a good idea if you are  concerned about time but there are also other options and you might get to visit with people more than you think!

Post # 12
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I hate receiving lines so we won’t be having one. We’re only having about 80 guests so I don’t see there being an issue with us visiting each table. 

Post # 13
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I tend to agree with someone else who posted… If a bride and groom don’t have time to at least greet or chat with every guest, even briefly, then too many guests have been invited.  Every guest at a reception wants to feel special, and if they don’t even get to shake the groom’s hand and kiss the bride, they’re not going to feel special at all.

I think if there isn’t enough time to go to every table, then a receiving line would be more than appropriate.


Post # 14
2790 posts
Sugar bee

I think that a receiving line is a good idea but I would also attempt to visit your guests at as many tables as possible so that you can give your guests as much attention as possible. As a guest I do NOT enjoy when brides and grooms meet guests at each row and great them while releasing them. I feel as if that takes a significant amount of time and is uncomfortable to be seated for that long.

I would suggest being at the front of your line and then if you choose to have your parents greet guests place them after you so that guests can choose to great them if they wish but they are not required to. I dislike greeting parents when I do not know them very well and it is uncomfortable.


@Miss Tattoo: I agree to an extent. I think that you should make every effort to greet each guest and thank them for making time to attend your wedding. I do not agree that you should invite less people if you can’t greet all of them. You need to make greeting each guest a priority and it is not always easy to cut guests from your list. In my fathers family there are 76 people that I will need to invite. All are cousins and aunts and uncles whom cannot be cut. SO’s mother is 1 of 14. We will be inviting at least 300 but we will make every effort to greet each guest personally. I feel it is a matter of how must priority you place on greeting your guests rather than the amount of guests.

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

It really depends on family size and how many people you know.. some people really know ALOT of people.. I come from a large family and so does my Fiance, so its not unreasonable to have 300 or more guests, because we actually know that many people

Post # 16
57 posts
Worker bee

i went to a wedding last year where the groom and bride did not make it to our table.  they had about 200 guests.  i’m not sure if that’s too many but i do know that i felt slighted and so did the rest of the folks at my table. 


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