(Closed) should i have a recieving line or not??

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: should i have a receiving line?
    yes! you have time for that and pictures! :) : (7 votes)
    23 %
    no! you wont have time for both.... : (23 votes)
    74 %
    other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i would skip it and do table visits instead. receiving lines seem so impersonal to me…all you can do is shuffle through and say hi.

    as a guest, i would skip it even if you have a receiving line because i really dislike having to stand around in lines.

    Post # 4
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    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I think you should skip it and let the guests mingle. I think going to each table to toast at the reception is much better than a receiving line.

    Post # 5
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    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Honestly I have gone to about 8 weddings in the last two years…and none of them have had a receiving line…I think it just takes a lot of time…and  you cant talk to people as much as you want to because there is a line! I think that if you visit tables its a lot more laid back and you can spend more or less time at each table depending on how well you know everyone. We are definately not having a receiving line due to time constraints and for my Fiance and I we would just be more comfortable going from table to table.

    Post # 6
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    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @stephanie63087: Even if you have a recieving line, you should still stop at tables at the reception. I’ve been to weddings with 200 people and the line goes quick. People usually just hug, say congrats, and move out. And not everyone gets in line.

    Post # 7
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I vote skip it. 150 is not unmanageable to visit at the tables.

    We’re not doing one either, my Fiance calls receiving lines “forced awkwardness”.

    Post # 8
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Skip it! We weren’t planning on having one but people started stopping to hug us and say “Hello” and an inpromptu one kind of formed. As a guest I personally hate them especially if I’m more of an aquaintance than a close friend.

    Post # 9
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Don’t do the recieving line; just go around to tables at the reception.  As a guest, I really dislike going through recieving lines.  They’re just awkward and they’re also really impersonal.  Save yourselves the time and skip it.

    Post # 10
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    2463 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    we had 150 guests and just did table visits. we got to talk to almost everyone–the only people i think i didn’t talk to were friends of my husband’s parents who my husband didn’t even know. we got to most people though.

    Post # 11
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We ended up with 90 guests and just did table visits.  We actually had the photographer follow us and take pictures of all the guests at each table (with my husband and I included of course).  I’ve read that on average it takes 30-45 minutes per 100 guests. 

    Post # 12
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    11283 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re not doing a receiving line for a couple of reasons 1) I have a dysfunctional family 2) the same thing is always said anyway. So, we’re going to be clapped into the room where we’re having the meal.

    Post # 13
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    46 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    WELL, we are probably going to have a receiving line after the ceremony, but only if we do the first look with us and the whole bridal party. I was that OTHER vote. lol But if we dont do the first look then we will visit tables or just mingle with everyone! its not a big deal i know well visit with our guests any way. 🙂

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