(Closed) Receiving line right after ceremony. Yay or Nay?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had about 95 people at our wedding and did the receiving line right after the ceremony. It went really quick. One tip is to minamize who is in the receiving line. I’ve seen weddings where they included the wedding party. I think that’s kinda silly when they (usually) don’t know too many people.

We kept it to us, and each set of parents. So guests had to go through 6 people only.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@Sunshine23:  Completely agree about keeping the lines short.

We kept things even shorter. Darling Husband and I went back through and let the rows out and greeted people then. Just the two of us. For 130 people I think it took us 10 minutes, maybe.

At the weddings I have been to that say they are doing the receiving line at the reception it has never really worked out. Everyone is to scattered trying to find their table, get drinks, etc.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, if you figure that you get about 90% of your guest list that’s 166 people and if you greet each one for 20-30 seconds per person it works out to an hour to an hour and twenty minutes. You have a three hour gap, so you would still have an hour and a half for pictures which is more than enough time; I would get the photographer to take some pictures of you greeting the guests. I would do a receiving line in your case since the guests will be killing time until the reception.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Agree with Zusie 🙂

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would do the receiving line after the ceremony, as people are leaving the church / ceremony spot.  I had about 200 people at my first wedding, and that’s when we had ours.  It went surprisingly quick, and even though we did walk to each and every table to chat with everyone, it was another way to ensure we personally spoke to everyone that came and thanked them for coming (just in case people were at the bar or something when we walked around).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m doing one, It’s tradition where I”m getting married. They do photos at the alter right after the ceremony with the bridal party, parents, godparents…and then they do a receieving line outside the church before heading off to the reception. 

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