(Closed) Who did you have in your receiving line?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did bride and groom and parents only.  Not wedding party.  Not extended family like siblings, etc.  We might have done grandparents but ours were not living.

In ours we stood in this order:  The two moms first, so the one mom could introduce her family members to the other mom.  Then the bride and groom, then the two dads.  It seemed to work out pretty well.  Went pretty quickly and smoothly.


Post # 4
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Jennlee:  This is what we are doing. Just the 4 parents and us. For my sisters wedding the siblings were included, but that was too long and his sister would be very uncomfortable having to say hello to so many people she didn’t know.

Post # 5
1650 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What to do about friends of ours that my parents and his parents don’t necessarily know? I was going to have it go like this: Groom/Bride, Moms and then Dads.

Yay or nay? 

Post # 6
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BriansBride:  I think we’re going to do the bride and groom and the parents, but I’m interested in alternatives too! 

Post # 7
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I attended only one wedding with a receiving line. Bride, Groom, parents of the bride and groom including step parents, maid of honor and best man,  who happened to be siblings of the bride and groom- so it was a family affair and very long line.

At our renewal we plan to have receiving line too aka just my husband and I greeting folks as theyenter the reception area to find their seats.

Post # 8
1773 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Only my FI and I will be in the receiving line (no parents and no bridal party) and it’ll be as guests go from cocktail hour to reception. We’ll have 100-120 guests. 

Post # 9
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BriansBride:  Ours was at the end of the drinks reception before we all went upstairs for the wedding breakfast. We had (by accident) Best man first (he asked who people were and kind of did intros if needed) then Grooms Parents, Brides Parents and Bride and Groom Last. It went on for ages but was really nice to make sure we spoke to EVERYONE at least once. And as the guests were excited that their dinner was about to be served they kept the greetings short!

Post # 10
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re doing just the bride and groom. We’re having over 300 people and I always feel awkward when I have to like shake all these random people I don’t know or care about hands. 

Post # 11
9557 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did a modified recieving line – the pastor told everyone to stay in their seats after the ceremony. My husband and I did our recessional and hugged and squealed for a minute with out wedding party and then we went back to the front of the church and dismissed each row and greeted each guest as they left their row. This method has a couple advantages – it goes faster than a traditional receiving line and the guests get to sit while they wait their turn. It went great and I’m really really glad we did this! It definitely allowed us to enjoy the reception more and not be stressed out about getting to everyone during dinner – we wanted to eat!

Post # 12
1214 posts
Bumble bee

We plan to arrive early at the venue to greet guests as they walk into cocktail hour. I don’t actually want our parents in the line – it will just make it take 5 times longer than it needs to. We wanted to keep it really informal and ensure we are able to greet every guest and thank them for coming, without missing out on eating and dancing later.

I do have some concerns about causing a big clog at the entrance to the venue though. Oh well, I suppose most people would want to wait in line to talk to the bride and groom 🙂

Post # 13
2980 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@JenGirl:  This is what we are doing too.  Just myself and my FI will let people out of their seats.  We had a photographer tell us this was quicker and easier.  It seems to be gaining a lot of popularity. 

We are going to have both of our parents stand at the back of the church and they can talk to who they want as they come.  I always find it awkward talking to the parents of the person I don’t know.  And if it is a freind who I didn’t grow up with, I find it odd talking to the parents in general.  This way our parents can see who they want, and the people who don’t want to awkwardly shake their hand can skip. 

Post # 14
404 posts
Helper bee

@BriansBride:  I did a traditional one.  It went:



My mom

My dad



Maid of Honor


It was kindof a pain.  If I did it again, I’d do just me and whoever I married.

Post # 15
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t do one. We went around to each table during dinner after we were done eating and said hi to everyone

Post # 16
2500 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It will just me my fiancé and I with our parents.  We aren’t having the bridal party to speed the line up.  We are only having our parents to help us with names of more distant relatives and our parent’s friends. 

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