(Closed) Receiving lines? DId you have one or not?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re not doing one. I find them to kind of waste time and they are usually awkward. Plus, having one doesn’t negate your responsibility to say hi to all of your guests at the reception.

I would skip it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re not doing one because I find them so awkward. Most receiving lines that I’ve seen were B&G, and all parents. I think that’s the part that I find awkward, I usually don’t know the parents.

 @Miss Orchard:  I think it depends, if you have it at at the reception then you are saying hello to all of your guests. Most weddings that I have been to have had the receiving line at the reception. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just saw your comment about not including the parents. I think that’s fine, unless your parents would like to be up there and they’re hosting. 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

It is traditional in the midwest (at least ND) to have a receiving line. It will just be my Fiance and I though. We will not be including the parents or MOH/BM.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are skipping it – rather keep things moving and then we will make our way around at the reception and have a bit more time with each person.  It is pretty standard around here, so we will have to make a special announcement or I think everyone will just stand there waiting!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had one. It was us, Maid/Matron of Honor and best man, and our parents. Honestly, we had about 100 guests and it didn’t take very long at all. Our reception venue was walking distance from the wedding, so we had our line immediately outside the ceremony and guests went through the line on their way over to the reception. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Idea! My BIL and SIL did a sort of receiving line at their wedding, but it was different. What they did was process out of the ceremony, but then came back and had the officiant tell guests not to leave until the bride and groom had greeted their row. So they stopped by each row, and greeted each guest as they walked out of the ceremony. That way it was just them, they got to thank everyone for coming, and it wasn’t awkward. It didn’t take long, so guests didn’t feel like they were sitting, waiting.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m on the fence. I don’t really want one but my mom is all about it right now. With only 60 guests, it should be a quick line and then easy to go around and say hi to everyone as well. I think we are doing the recieving line before pictures and after the ceremony to get it done with 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If weather permits, we’re doing one immediately after the ceremony in front of the church with the entire wedding party. I’m not a huge fan of them, but since I do actually want to eat and relax at our reception, there would be no other way to greet our guests.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m no help because I don’t think we’re having one.  Our wedding is small enough that I know we can easily get around to everyone during the reception (there will only be 8 tables).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

We had a modified natural receiving line which may work well for you. I had no desire to make the entire bridal party participate so it was not something that we prepared, rather I just expected it to happen outside the church. In relaity, it was Darling Husband and I in the “line”. When we exited the church, people followed in recession so the bridal party and our parents huged and congratulated us in the church lobby and everyone just followed suit. It was only us but out parents were nearby so they got in on the people they knew and also wandered off into conversation. It actually worked really well because it was no forced and I did not have to introduce a everyone in the bridal party to every guest individually. As a Bridesmaid or Best Man for my cousin, I hated being in the receiving line and essentially meeting the majority of the guests for the first time ever since his wife had a huge extended family I didn’t know which was my main motivation to let the bridal party escape and I think they were happy to mingle. 

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