PW Guide Article: Should You Do a Receiving Line?

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Should You Do a Receiving Line?

Receiving lines are a traditional, often expected part of a wedding reception. It?s a formal opportunity to greet and thank your guests. With all the excitement going on, the receiving line may be your only chance to catch up with a few of them! Mo

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Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:27 am
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I hadn't thought about a receiving line, but I think I want to do one after reading this.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:27 am
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we are going to do one

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:42 am
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We are going to do one too.  With 300 guests on the invite list, we know it will probably be one of our only ways of personally thanking each guest for celebrating with us!!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:51 am
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What if we do it after ceremony? We will have 250+ guests invited to the reception and we'll have 12 attendants (6 on each side), I'm worried the receiving line will take forever.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:57 am
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We planned on doing one and then I realized that if we did we wouldnt have any time for pictures before the reception. We will have to figure something out for the reception, maybe eat really fast and then go around to tables.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:01 am
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I love the tradition of a recieving line, but with 500 guests - it would take FOREVER! If we do one it will be after the ceremony as the guests exit the church.


But, than again we'll spend our whole reception greeting people....hhhhmmm got to think this one through stil.


 


But, glad to hear others are doing it. It's an awesome tradition that has very often gone out the window.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:15 am
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blue - just cut your receiving line down to the bare-bones: you, FI, your parents, his parents, and any grandparents (if they feel up to it).


that's what we're doing at the end of our Mass. i am not a fan of receiving lines where the whole world is lined up lol --- that is what eats up time.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:17 am
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We aren't doing one....I wanted to but since the ceremony is over at 3 and we need to be out of church and done with pictures there by 3:30 there wasn't going to be enough time. We will be at cocktail hour though to mingle and then we are going to make sure we get around to each table at the reception. I may try a receiving line of just the two of us at the reception if we get there early though.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:26 am
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This is something I haven't even considered! I think I'll have to do one.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:40 am
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We didn't ... I went back and forth ..... If I could do it again I would do the receiving line  .... there were a few people I never got to even though we REALLY tried to get to every table  ..... I recommend it

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:45 am
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I'm wondering if we should do this because we have two locations...hmm

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:20 am
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We are in the same boat.  Would really love to do one, but are worried about the time constraints it might put on other things.  Cutting it down might be a good option though.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:23 am
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We are doing our own version of a receiving line.  Our venue has a wonderful gazebo type area right at the start of the aisle, so when we walk back down we will all end up under there.  We are having an in-between wine reception (it's at a winery afterall) and FI and I will hand out the wine to everyone and thank them for coming.  Then the guests can stay and mingle a bit before heading off to the reception site, and hopefully nobody will notice when we duck out for photos!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:35 am
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We have a large wedding party and guest list. We are exiting the building and then just the groom and I will come back in and dismiss by row. We will stand at the row as people walk out. That way you get to see everyone (like a recieving line), but it's a lot more efficient.

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 5:01 am
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We plan on taking pics before ceremony, and thanking our guest during cocktail hour personally. During the reception we might do a f/u "thanks" to some of the tables and that should be good enough.

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm
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They take too long...i hate being at weddings that have them...we didnt do one and im glad

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm
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Hmm. I think that we are doing one when we serve our cake. My traditional family will appreciate it and we don't really hold up any of the other activities during the day.

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 11:59 am
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My religion seems to practically require receiving lines. Not really, but every wedding I've ever been to has one. I find them time-consuming, exhausting (being a member of the bridal party and having been running around all day in heels, I just want to sit down and eat some food!) and inefficient, since some people take longer than others. My best friend abolished the idea for her wedding, choosing instead to have a relaxed, small reception and visit all the tables and talk with everyone one-on-one. She had a better time because she could actually have real conversations and eat at the same time! That's what I will be doing as well.

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm
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For my first wedding we had all our guests line up on either side of us and we said thank you and fairwell as we walked down the 'aisle' of guests. It was really nice.

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 8:24 am
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I'm with everyone else, receiving lines simply take too long, and I HATE waiting. We are going to usher the guests out of the ceremony. May be untraditional but I really don't care. It's faster, people don't stand and talk for so long if everyone else is sitting and watching them, and they also don't need to greet the parents and bridal party. Our parents are going to greet the guests as they arrive and sign the guestbook.

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 8:07 am
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