The Receiving Line: What do I Do?

December 8th, 20106:48 am

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The Receiving Line:  What do I Do?

After the ceremony is done and over with, most brides and grooms just want to get down with their guests and get the party started!  So what’s with this receiving line business?

Why Have a Receiving Line

A receiving line is a surefire way for all of the guests to get a chance to greet and congratulate the bride and groom, and they also have the chance to meet the rest of the wedding party too.  It’s a good chance for brides and grooms to thank people for attending their wedding, as well as thank them for any gifts (if you remember what the guest has given you).

Brides and grooms make the mistake prior to their wedding of thinking that they will get a chance to stop by and say “hello” to everyone who has come to celebrate their big day, but the sad truth is that you will be shuffled and pulled and distracted several times during the night and may very well not have the chance to say hello to everyone you would have hoped.  Take the 20-30 minutes out of the reception time to wait fir you guests to arrive and give you their heartfelt “congratulations”.

When do you Form a Receiving Line?

Most receiving lines are formed right as the reception is starting, though there are also some cases where the receiving line forms after the ceremony while the guests are leaving.  You want to try and consider just how much room is available at each venue to create a receiving line, since, depending on the size of your guest list, they can become considerably long.  You don’t want your guests becoming impatient, and you don’t want the wedding party piled one top of one another as they greet the guests.

TIP:  Make full use of hallways or vestibules when trying to think of where you will hold your receiving line.

Who is In the Receiving Line?

The bride and groom are obvious attendees of the receiving line, but who else is to be involved?  The bride’s parents should be the first in the receiving line, and they are then followed by the bride and groom, who are then followed by the groom’s parents.  You can also include the bridesmaids and groomsmen if you choose, as well as any grandparents if they have expressed an interest in being a part of the receiving line.

Turn the Receiving Line into an Introduction Line

The receiving line is a great opportunity for you to invite you parents and your new beau to your friends and family who are in attendance (if they have not met these people yet), and likewise for your groom.  Yes, the receiving line moves quickly and you may very well be introduced to a whole lot of new people in those 20 to 30 minutes, but cherish every moment of it and remember: these people are those who are going to be a part of your family and friends for the rest of your life.

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