Post # 1
We are debating right now whether or not to do a receiving line. I really want to do one that is JUST me and Fiance (no bridal party or parents, because that makes them too long/too formal/too awkward for the people who don’t know them). Our ceremony and reception are in the same place, so what we would do is walk up the aisle (which is, god-willing we have nice weather, outdoors), go straight for the entrance to the banquet hall, and wait there for our guests to make their way up to the banquet hall as well. Then as they enter the cocktail hour we’ll be there to greet them and everyone can congratulate us and whatnot.
But here’s the thing: we only have 90 minutes between ceremony and reception (ceremony ends around 4pm, reception begins at 5:30pm) and we want to do all of our family pictures and bride and groom pictures in that time. We don’t want to rush the pictures or run over on our time, because that would mess up the bar contract schedule (our venue is really strict about how long the bar can be open and in order to make it work we have to be on a strict schedule for the whole reception, so extending the time between ceremony and reception is not an option).
We will have around 90-100 guests, so if there are only two of us in the receiving line, how long do you think that will take? 15 minutes? Half an hour? More than that? If you’re already married, how long did your receiving line take?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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.