(Closed) Will you have a receiving line?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

No way!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We had a receiving line.  My guests exited the barn and walked to the tent.  My husband and I stood there with our parents to greet all of our guests.  It was nice seeing everyone before the party started.  My husband and I were able to enjoy our party without worrying about not talking or thanking anyone.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re going to have one, but we have a small guest list (less than 100 people).

It will just be the 2 of us doing the greeting! There’s nothing more awkward (IMO) than having to hug your college roommates bridal party, parents, step-parents & grandparents!

like mklove said, I really like the idea of being able to enjoy the party and not having to worry about missing a guest.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

Too early to decide, but we’re having about 250 guests, so I’m having a hard time stomaching the thought of it….may eat up valuable photo time!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

We didn’t have a receiving line.  My husband suggested something that was common in his family, which we ended up doing instead.  We did our recessional with the bridal party and then my husband and I went back into the room and dismissed the guests row by row.  We didn’t have too many people, so I thought this would move faster.  I thought it was going to be a good solution, but looking back, I would rather have just skipped it or done a traditional receiving line.  People looked so bored just sitting in their seats and I felt really rushed to get done.  We went around to every table to talk to people during the reception and I would have rather just done that and skipped the other thing.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We aren’t going to do it because I was just at a wedding (my Fiance was the best man) this past weekend where they did a whole receiving line with the bride and groom, ALL 12 in the wedding party, plus parents.  It took FOREVER.  We waited in line for at least 20 minutes and the church was so hot that day.  We each decided then and there that it wasn’t for us. 

Not sure yet what we will do though – maybe just try and get aroudn to everyone during cocktail hour.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am so against it … no thank you. So is fiance. So, we will not do it.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are actually just going to come back into the church after we walk down the aisle and start at the front and greet our guests row by row as they leave their seats.  This way it is just the 2 of us which will go quicker, but also this way they can stay seated until it is their turn!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

You could have a receiving line at the ceremony or the reception.  We did it at the reception.  I’m not necessarily for or against them.  But on the plus side, I’m glad we did have one, because we didn’t manage to get to all of the tables to talk to everyone.   Mix up with the catering manager, I suppose.

Having a receiving line at the ceremony is good, because all of the folks will probably walk right by you, anyway. 

But there is something about receiving lines that can be uncomfortable.  You have other players in the line, that a lot of guests won’t know.  So that can be uncomfortable   Your friends or coworkers have to make small talk with your FI’s parents.  Ugg.  Or your cousin’s girlfriend won’t know basically anyone in the line.  Not to mention it has a queen of England feel to it.

If you do it, I would try to make it as easy on your guests as possible.  Have as few people in the line, as possible.  Don’t have all your Bms, who won’t know 95% of your guests.  They probably don’t want to stand there, when they can be enjoying the cocktail hour.  And your guests won’t get tired of saying, "You look nice today," to random people.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

my Fiance definitely wants it hes very traditional and they do it in England; just us and our parents

our party is small so that helps, 50-60 people 8 are kids so they dont count; so more like 50 peopel going thru

 

we’ll make it brief and just say hi hello, no catching up or chatting, we can do that later

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re not doing the receiving line because we’ll be in the same venue the whole time, plus we’re having a small wedding (about 90 people) and will have a 5 hour reception so we should have plenty of time to mingle at the reception

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t like the idea of a receiving line; I’ve been to weddings that had them and thought it felt extremely awkward.

And as the bride, I would not really enjoy seeing each guest for ten seconds and saying basically the same thing ("thanks for coming," "nice to see you," etc.) to every one of them.  I intend to circulate at the reception and try to have significant conversations with as many people as possible.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We will likely do one at the ceremony and then just visit table to table at the reception.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

We go back and forth. I’d like to do it to make sure that we greet all of our guests (especially the ones we don’t know and won’t seek out at the reception); on the other hand, I find them long and tedious as a guest and I’d hate to bore people for even a minute at my wedding. 😉

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