Post # 1
So I’m trying to figure out whether or not to do our receiving line at the church or at the reception. I am hoping to do some family pictures at the church, but we only have about an hour after the ceremony.
There are 150 guests coming, and I think I’ll probably just have Fiance and I in the receiving line (unless it is proper to have our parents in the receiving line too).
Married bees … am I being realistic that it’d take less than 30 minutes to do a receiving line with that number of guests?
I should also mention, that guests will be at the reception before the wedding party as we will still be doing photos during the cocktail hour.
I would prefer to do a receiving line at the reception, I just don’t know the logistics of doing one when guests will already be there before we are.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.