(Closed) Receiving lines?

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’ve gone back and forth on this SO MANY TIMES! Some times I feel like the formality is valuable, because I want to be able to eat during dinner and I know older people really appreciate them.  Other times, I remember how awkward and formal they can be and the fact that West Coast Groom thinks its a ridiculous idea, and I hate them! Ok, so really it isn’t US going back and forth, just me. Save me from myself!

We’re getting married at my Mum’s house, and inviting only family and a few close friends to the ceremony.  We’re serving cocktails and appies from 2:30-4:30pm between the ceremony and the reception, and the remaining guests who weren’t invited to the ceremony will be arriving at 4:30pm with dinner served at 5:00pm.  Our plan is to only be gone taking photos for 45 minutes MAX after the ceremony so we can mix and mingle and enjoy the cocktail period with our family before the major party begins.  I think this sort of low key patio drinks afternoon kind of setting is a fine way to give the majority of our guests some face time with us, but I wonder about the remaining guests who are arriving at 4:30pm.  Our plan is for West Coast Groom and I to do a Welcome Toast at 4:30pm once everyone is there, but should we spend the next half hour trying to acknowledge the 15-20 people that will have just arrived?? Help!

Post # 18
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

We’re not planning on doing a receiving line either, we’re going to walk around to the tables durning dinner and say hi to everyone… and hopefully also have enough time to eat 🙂

Post # 19
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

This was a great question because I never really thought about it. I suppose it would be awkward for those who do not know the guest to be in the receiving line. Now I have to rethink this!

Post # 20
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Bottom line I think everyone has said is just keep it the Bride & Groom! Nobody else really needs to be in the receiving line! It will go faster & guests are more interested in you & your groom anyway. 

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