(Closed) Receiving line or going around to tables?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Receiving line, going to tables, speech, other?
    Receiving line at chuch (after ceremony) : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Receiving line at reception : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Going around to tables : (46 votes)
    66 %
    Making a speech to thank everyone : (6 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (7 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I hate receiving lines. They are so awkward! Awkward hugs, awkward hand shakes, etc.

    We went around each table. Everyone could say hello, we had some adult bevs in hand, and we were definitely less overwhelmed than RIGHT after the ceremony. We really liked it. We only got to eat some of our dinner, but it was just chicken!

    Post # 4
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    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We had a receiving line right after the ceremony as guests came in for cocktail hour, then took pics, came back and when reception started, we also visited every table…then during dinner, hubby made a welcome speech.

    Post # 5
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    2634 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m having a fairly small wedding so we plan on just going around to the tables.

    Post # 6
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    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We skipped the receiving line, and went around to everyone during cocktail hour and the reception. We had a small guest list (73) and were able to get around to everyone during cocktail hour. Seeing people more at the reception was just bonus points.

    Post # 7
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    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re definitely going to make the full cocktail hour so that will be our social hour to meet and greet the guests. We scheduled our photos and our first look around this plan to make sure it happens. We also plan to give a thank you speech toward the end of the night to everyone. No receiving lines, no tables.

    Post # 8
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    114 posts
    Blushing bee

    i’m hoping to make the rounds at cocktail hour!

    Post # 9
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    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I said “other”. We’re having a private ceremony and we’ve allocated about 3 hours between our ceremony and our reception so we’re hoping that nobody will arrive early and we, plus our families and bridal party will make it to the reception venue early so we can just greet everyone as they come in. No receiving line as such, more like an informal party where the host and hostess are already there.

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We had a smaller amount of guests so we did a receiving line.  That way it was over with and I didn’t have to worry about walking around to all the tables during the reception.

    Post # 11
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    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I know we won’t be having a receiving line.  I haven’t thought much else about it yet, but I think we will probably greet our guests during the cocktail hour right after the ceremony.

    Post # 13
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    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    We did a receiving line at the end of church.  Our reception was kind of short and we wanted to spend some time together partying at the reception, not going around to each table of guests.

    Post # 14
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    652 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    we went around to each table and also had a thank you speech

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’m not a fan of receiving lines either. You have to hug everyone (ugggh if you have a veil!) and your guests have to wait forever to leave the ceremony location.

    I voted visit tables…but if you do, make sure you do get to say at least a hello to each of your guests.  I really regret not making it to all my tables!

    Post # 16
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    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @roxy – We made our cocktail hour so we could pass out our gifts.  We also still go introduced.  Our cocktail hour was held outside the ballroom, so the hotel staff ushered everyone inside and then we were introduced once everyone had sat down.

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