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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TheFutureMrs.Shoe
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Thanks for the advice

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 8:26 am
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Buffet Line Receiving Line by Karyn


 


I came up with this idea when deciding whether or not I was going to have a receiving line.  Instead of the traditional receiving line held immediately after the ceremony, this is the same of type of line where you get face time to greet each guest and get to thank them for coming. The advantages of this type of receiving line are the following:



  •  Guests are not standing in line for an extended amount of time, since tables are called up to eat one at a time

  • Guests are not standing outside in the hot sun (if it’s outside)

  • Conversation will be held to a minimum since they ready to eat their dinner

  • The guests are waiting to be called up to eat anyway, so why not have them be in their comfortable seat or mingling

  •  at the bar in the mean time.  It kills two birds with one stoneJ

  • The bride and groom will eat LAST and afterwards relax without the stress of having to greet each guests not have to go around to each table

  • More time to enjoy the reception!!!!!

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 6:45 am
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I think this is where I am fortunate I'll be having a chinese style reception. For the two hours during the meal, we'll actually be going around to each table for a few minutes.

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 4:05 am
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My FI is an ex punk rocker, and a couple of his groomsmen are... well... scary -knuckle tattoos, giant piercings etc- so I think that a receiving line would be a little unnerving for some of our older, more traditional guests. Instead we are getting a nice basket to take the favors around in and personally give each guest a favor & have some talk time. My mom did something similar with her wedding cake back in the 70's & managed to speak to everyone without having a receiving line.

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 11:18 am
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I didn't do one but only because I had such a small wedding to begin with.

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 11:35 am
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My fiance and I decided, along with our photographer, to have a receiving line-photobooth! It seemed like a terrific way to ensure that we: get to meet and thank everyone for attending and also make certain that we get a nice photo of each and every attendee! We don't want to miss anyone, and since our guest list is not overly huge, it seemed like the perfect solution! Our photographer is great with quick poses and a lot of fun so it should work out splendid! Can't wait! :)

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 11:36 am
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I have never seen a wedding with a receiving line. It seems quite impractical to me, to be honest!

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 8:39 am
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No one does receiving lines anymore. They're kind of old fashioned. I haven't been to a wedding that does receiving lines in YEARS.

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 9:14 am
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I did one. In my neck of the woods, Its expected. We didnt plan it though, we planned to go round the table and greet our guests. But before we got to that point, our guests spontaneously rose up, formed a line, and came up to shake hands. It was..well, I was happy it happened. And it didnt take so long, which was suprising because we had more than 500 guests.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:42 am
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I was wondering about this myself.  Only because I know it will eat up a lot of time and quite frankly I'm not sure where I am going to have it?  My reception and ceremony are in the same building and will immediately be lead into the cocktail hour after the reception.  So I'm reallly unsure at this point if we will have one.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:04 am
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We'll be doing one. I won't be happy if I can't eat during our reception because I have to greet/talk to people..

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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we've gone back and forth on this...and now we're 38 days away. we thought we'd do it when we join the cocktail hour (it's an hour and a half) ...we are 90% sure we're going to do a receiving line immediately after the church with NO bridal party..just parents and us to speed things up. approx 150 guests. then join the bridal party in the party bus to take some photos. forget trendy or old fashioned.. basically what do you want your night to "look" like? we WANT to enjoy the cocktail time and not walk around saying thank you during dancing.. so we made a decision that gets us to that goal!

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm
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