(Closed) Roughly how long do you think receiving lines take?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think if you keep the receiving line going at a good pace you could easily see 150 guests in under 30 minutes. Will you be able to enlist the help of your bridal party to keep the line going? Moving people to the next person so they don’t all want to talk to you and your FH for 5 minutes each kind of thing?

Post # 4
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our minister said it’s fastest to actually leave with the recessional, while the guests remain seated, then have the Bride and Groom come back and greet/release people from the pews.  That way, your bridal party can run to gather up your belongings, and help keep people moving out the door. Also yes, just the Bride and Groom, no parents, is WAY faster.  And the elderly guests will appriciate being able to sit in a pew until you get to them, rather than stand in a line!

Post # 5
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Will you be having guests coming to your ceremony who are not invited to the reception?  I recently went to a wedding where they had alot of people, like church members etc. so of course they couldn’t invite them all to the reception. Everyone going to the reception waited until then to greet the couple. So they had a receiving line for guests who attended the ceremony only. Everyone else greeted them all through the dinner and mingling time, but I think it would be better to form a line, because they hardly got a chance to eat!

Post # 6
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

We did 150 guests in less than 30 minutes and that included parents.  My parents were the hosts of the event so it would have been inappropriate to not include them and you can’t do one set of parents and not the other.  Especially since a lot of the guests were guests of our parents anyway.  All of our guests really just said a quick hi and told us it was a beautiful wedding.  The only ones that were a little slower were good friends of mine that I don’t get to see often and I burst into tears and wouldn’t let them go : )  But really, everyone knows they will see you at the reception so they don’t need to  take up a lot of time in the line.

Post # 7
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Each guest in the line takes approx 5-10 seconds. “Thank you for coming it was fantastic to ave your support” done. Move on… judging by that rough estimate, for 150 guests it shouldn’t take more than half an hour. 

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