(Closed) skip receiving line to move dinner time?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Skip receiving line to change dinner time?
    Skip the receiving line to serve an earlier dinner : (10 votes)
    53 %
    Leave it the way it is, it's fine : (7 votes)
    37 %
    Other...please give me any recommendations : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Are you in the same place for the ceremony and reception, or is there travel between? I have to say, I think receiving lines when everything takes place in one place can be awkward. We didn’t have a receiving line, but tried to get around to all the tables at dinner (we failed, but that was the goal). My ILs were so happy they didn’t have to greet all of my parents guests (my parents are a bit more outgoing and wouldn’t have minded), and I think our greetings were more personal. In addition, as a guest, when I only know one person, or even two, I find greeting everybody (parents, etc) awkward. 

    Post # 4
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    Why not do the receiving line *during* the cocktail hour? People flow through the line, chat with you guys, and then go enjoy their drinks and chat with one another while you have a chance to enjoy a little bit of face time with each and every guest.

    Post # 6
    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    The recieving line was one of my favorite parts.  It was the only time that I got to thank everyone.  I feel like I talked to almost no one at the reception so would have been dissapointed if I hadn’t gotten that chance in the reception line.  Like PP said though maybe if it were the same venue it would be ok to not do one and if you are dedicated to getting arround to may people.

    In regards to the timeline.  If you want to do it all make sure that you plan well and that your photographer and bridal party are all on the same page so you can crank through pictures.  Get as much done before as possible (without seeing eachother, there is still a ton you can do) and then you just have to do the group stuff after.

    Post # 8
    1024 posts
    Bumble bee

    It depends what’s the most important to you – the thing to consider is that things often go longer than planned, so you may actually end up having dinner later than you hoped. Pictures may take a bit more time (ours went over by about 35 minutes), and a receiving line for 200 people sounds like it’ll take longer than 30 mins (especially since people will want to talk to you/give you their well-wishes).

    We didn’t do a receiving line but we went around to the tables to thank everyone for coming. Maybe that’s an option? But you did say you want to enjoy your reception… you can say thank you in your speech to everyone for being there, and though that may seem like not enough, maybe your guests will appreciate it over the late dinner.

    Bottom line, though: Do what you and your Fiance will enjoy most.

    Post # 9
    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @michelle22214:  Huh I have never heard of that but it could be interesting.  

    For the parents part of it, they don’t have to be part of the recieving line but if they are i was told to have them line up every other (i.e. MOB, Father-In-Law, FOB, Mother-In-Law or however but you get the point) therefore they can introduce people to eachother and it cuts down on the akwardness.  

    I think it would be nice to do a recieving line and invite people from the ceremony to the reception side though and not akward (although may depend on layout).  I think it is completely do-able though.

    Good Luck!!! 

    Post # 10
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Since we don’t do receiving lines in my religion I have never personally been to one or witnessed one. However, I will say that because you are serving some food during cocktail hour it may not be the worst thing to keep the receiving line. I think that if your cocktail hour had some more food going on then I would totally say keep the receiving line, no question. Maybe you could just add some more food to the cocktail hour so if guests are really hungry they have choices and can eat more than fruits or veggies, as opposed to cutting out an actual event at the wedding that you would like to keep. 

    Post # 11
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    @michelle22214:  That is exactly what we did and it took us about 15 minutes for 130 guests! It was nice because we got to say high to everyone, but it kept the line moving faster than a traditional receiving line.

    Post # 13
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Our wedding planners made sure we goofed firsthand then weren’t from table to table while our guests were eating. Our photographer followed and took pictures of us at each table. It took over an hour but it was totally worth being able to haves quick chat with all of our guests.  

    Post # 14
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @michelle22214:  We did it and it was GREAT! We put up a slide show of photos for people to watch while they waited to exit (heard about it for weeks after!), went back down the aisle as husband and wife and hugged our guests as they flowed to the center aisles and then out to the lobby. The parents waited there for those who wanted to say hello and congrats, but it cut down a LOT of time (my college friends wouldn’t really need to/think to hug Mr.Indi’s parents). And those who needed to get to the hotel before the receptoin for kiddos or to change could just head right out, no pressure to stay and mingle.

    I think we hugged and thanked 275-300+ guests in 15-20 minutes. It was awesome to see everyone, find out who made it to the ceremony, and be in control of how fast things moved. I *highly* recommend it. Our guests that chatted with us weeks after the wedding said that it was really personal and a nice switch up from having to stand in a long line. Plus, you can get in the slideshow without throwing in a huge halt spot right in the middle of your dinner/reception. 

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