(Closed) Skip recieiving line and have a photo line instead?

posted 5 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissHockey:  Have you thought of how much time that would take? Even at 1 minute per pic that is over an hour and a half.

Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think that could take a LOT of time and the line would be so slow moving, especially with 100+ photos. I like receiving lines to say hi to everyone…a photo line kind of seems like you’re characters at a theme park and people have to queue up to get a photo with you.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MissHockey: Yeah, it would take so much time. And then the people who got pictures with you first would be standing around with nothing to do or going to a cocktail hour that would then last multiple hours because you’d have to fit in pictures with all your guests and then the traditional pictures that are typically taken during cocktail hour. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

That would at least double the amount of time it would take to get through all of your guests. People wouldn’t just take a picture and head to the reception.  They’d talk to you first (or they’d be dying to leave).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I agree it seems like it would take a lot of time. I’m sure your guests would talk to you before or after the picture as well. It wouldn’t just be A quick “click and next” kind of thing.

I do like it in theory! But I don’t think it would work out the way you want.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I would take photos with the guests during the reception. Visiting their table or just at some point. Or you can do it during a cocktail hour. I was thinking about using cocktail hour as a chance to take pictures with some of the closer relatives that are also guests. Maybe that’s a terrible idea though.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Holy hell no.  Last summer I went to a wedding that did this – the worst wedding I’ve ever been to, by the way – and the line to get into the reception was out the door.  The bride and groom were sweating taking so many photos – and you had to sign the guest book, talk to them, take a photo that we NEVER saw again… UGH!  

Do.  Not.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MissHockey:  One of my friends did something similar at her wedding. As guests entered the reception, the photographer took a photo of the bride and groom and each group of guests. They then mailed each person a printed copy of the photo as a wedding favour. This was back when facebook first started, so it was a long time ago when printed pictures were more common. 

I thought it was a really nice touch. Although there wasn’t any time to talk to the bride and groom since they had to go through a lot of people. 

I think that if you aren’t going to do a receiving line, you should at least go around to each table to greet guests.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

This will take forever…. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Miami, Fl

I wouldn’t do this. We aren’t even doing a recieving line. We are doing table visits with our photographer. It was her idea and it makes the most sense! We are only expecting 80-90 guests though.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think walking around to tables and saying hi is a better idea. Not everyone is going to want to pose for photos. 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissHockey:  It takes longer because people have to be positioned by the photographer. They will want to make sure their hair and outfit looks good.  People have to be called in and out of frame. They will ask for retakes.

In a receiving line it’s basically “Thanks for coming. I hope you have a good time at the reception.”

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

This is not a practical idea IMO for the time factor mentioned. On the other hand, you don’t need to do a receiving line as long as you get around to everyone at the reception. 

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