Weddings & Receiving Lines: A Short-Order Solution!

If doing a receiving line, keep it "short order" because of time restraints!
If doing a receiving line, keep it "short order" because of time restraints!

What Is A Receiving Line?

A receiving line, held after the end of the wedding ceremony, is a pleasant way for brides and grooms to greet their guests to thank them for attending their wedding. It's also a venue for guests to express their good wishes to the bride and groom.

The receiving line is always held after the ceremony ends, as guests are exiting the room.


Time is of the essence when it comes to orchestrating a successful receiving line!
Time is of the essence when it comes to orchestrating a successful receiving line!

Receiving Lines, Logistics and Time...

The problem with the receiving line is the amount of time they take. If you have 100 guests, and each takes a minute to get through the line, you've lost over an hour-and-a-half of valuable reception time. (The average reception lasts four to five hours.)

So for that reason, you need to get your guests through the line, quickly. And for that reason, we came up with the short-order receiving line.  

The "short-order" receiving line solves the problem of where to put divorced parents...
The "short-order" receiving line solves the problem of where to put divorced parents...

The Short-Order Receiving Line...

For purposes of time, it's best to follow this receiving-line format:

1. Mother of bride; mother of groom; bride and groom; maid of honor. (Fathers should be greeting people as they exit lines, answering questions, giving directions to the reception site, helping those who need assistance, etc.)

*This format also solves the problem of "whom to put where" if the parents of the bride and/or groom are divorced.

NOTE: If you decide not to have a receiving line, be sure to visit all guest tables at the reception to personally thank your guests for attending.


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eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Nice hub. Getting to know your guests and thanking them for being at your special occasion is a good thing. Teresa

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