Receiving lines

Pretty simple really  – dont have one. It is very old fashioned and tends to be requested by the parents of the Bride and/or Groom so that they can at […]

Pretty simple really  – dont have one. It is very old fashioned and tends to be requested by the parents of the Bride and/or Groom so that they can at least meet, if not talk to, everyone at the wedding.

If you have to have one (pick your battles carefully!), here are some tips…

  1. Do not, under any circumstances, have the receiving line as everyone arrives back at the reception venue straight after the church. It will take AGES. This is because no one has had a chance to chat to you all yet which means they will spend longer doing so in the line-up. I have seen receiving lines done at this stage of proceedings that have taken ONE HOUR. Dont do it to yourselves. Also, most of your guests will end up queueing to get into your wedding. That’s not right.
  2. Have the receiving line as everyone goes into the wedding breakfast. This is when it is supposed to happen. The guests in the queue can still enjoy their drinks and the keenos at the front of the queu can find their seats and see who’s on their table etc. It will be MUCH quicker as you’ve done loads of chatting and everyone is hungry.
  3. The receiving line will take about 20-30 mins for about 100 people. Longer for more obviously. You need to account for this in your timings. ADD THIS TIME TO YOUR DRINKS RECEPTION. If you dont, your 90 min drinks reception will suddenly only be an hour long. So, 90  mins for drinks + 30 mins for receiving line and everyone finding their seats.

Instead of the receiving line why dont you and your parents go round in between courses to say hi to people. There will be people you want to chat to, people you have to chat to and some who are in both camps. As you go round the tables, you are standing and they are sitting so you are in control of how long you chat for. Go together from table to table and aim to visit each table at some point during the meal if you can. It also throws up many more photo opportunities…

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