(Closed) Receiving line…how long does it take?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Its anybody’s guess how long it might take, since some people are pretty chatty and don’t care about holding up the line. That’s my least favorite part of any wedding (receiving line) as I’d much rather have the B&G visit each table or even chat somewhere else for a few minutes than stand in line.

Post # 4
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you only have 90 min between and want to get all the photog done I would try to skip it!  reception lines can take around 30 min, family photography (as long as all the family is assembled properly, which is rare) can take another 30-45 min, and you want to leave some time for you and your SO to be photographed as well so you are not stressed.  Keep in mind if you need to travel in between spots and that if the family photos are in doors the photog will have lights to set up and down.  

I think with the time you have the most stress-free solution would be to skip the recieving line and do something later at the reception.  A lot of couple walk around to the tables anyways to great and thank thier guests.  

Post # 5
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We skipped ours. In order to try to see all of our guests we ended up having a sweetheart table, letting the staff know not to take our dinner, and walking around seperately to each table while they were eating and seating so we could get in our thank yous and nice to see yous. 

Post # 6
3254 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We also skipped it and greeted people at the reception. We felt it was more efficient this way because then people weren’t waiting in line to see us; they could mingle with each other at the reception and have a wonderful time, and we could just drop in and greet them in the midst of all the other fun.

I personally hate standing in long receiving lines at weddings; I was at one once that literally took over an hour because there were so many guests. People actually left without even talking to the couple! You might get some talkers in line; I would skip it if I were you.

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