Reception Lines⁠

Historically a wedding reception was held at⁠ the Bride’s parents’ home post Ceremony, with⁠ the couple ‘receiving society’ for the first time as a pair.⁠

Depending upon a family’s status, this took the form of a⁠ tea, a dinner or perhaps a ball.⁠

considering a reception line
Typically each guest was received via the reception line⁠.⁠

Over the last 100 years or so whatever form the post⁠ Ceremony event takes, it has become known as the⁠ Reception.⁠

More recently, the classic Reception Line is⁠ made up of the couple, both sets of parents, the Best⁠ Man and the Chief Bridesmaid or Maid of Honour.⁠

It’s a delightful way of welcoming guests into your⁠ Reception and certainly ensures you greet every single person.⁠

However, in my experience it takes an average of 30-40⁠ seconds per head to get each guest from one⁠ end of the line to the other and for some couples, or for⁠ larger weddings, this feels like a lot.⁠

Also don’t forget that you need to remember a⁠ lot of names, especially if many your parents’⁠ friends, whom you may not have seen for a while, will be⁠ there.⁠ The last thing you want is to see a couple walking towards you and not to be able to introduce them to your new husband or wife!

Easy fixes:

o line up outside, so guests are keen to get inside & warm, if chilly – the opposite if it’s sunny;

o line up on guests’ arrival at the Reception, with drinks at the far end – I’ve done this a few times and it certainly speeds things up;

If, however, you’re not keen, but want⁠ to ensure you speak to every guest, consider the⁠ following:⁠

o have a shorter reception line, possibly just the two⁠ of you;⁠

o with smaller weddings, it can be possible to ‘greet’⁠ and thank each family, or group of guests, as part of⁠ one of the speeches;⁠

o get up between courses as a couple and circulate,⁠ making certain you visit each table, or group of⁠ guests.⁠

Are you planning a Reception Line? How will you be⁠ greeting guests?⁠


Image Credits in order: Studio M, Dasa Wharton.

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