Jan 10, 2022 | Wedding Traditions

Jan 10, 2022 | Wedding Traditions

Bucking Tradition: Receiving Line
Danielle Toth
A receiving line is a great way to ensure you spend time with each of your guests and is an alternative to going table to table later in the reception. However, receiving lines take...

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Danielle Toth

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A receiving line is a great way to ensure you spend time with each of your guests and is an alternative to going table to table later in the reception. 

However, receiving lines take time away from other aspects of the reception, especially if you have a large guest count. 

So should you do one or not?

Receiving lines typically occur at one of two times, according to Brides.com: Immediately following the ceremony as you exit the venue and on the way into cocktail hour. They typically include the bride and groom, parents and bridal party. 

“As the newlyweds, this is when you begin your duties as hosts for the evening,” according to Brides.com. “It is your responsibility to make introductions as necessary, whether that means introducing your new spouse to your great aunt or your grandmother to your new in-laws.”

However, MarthaStewart.com presents the case against a receiving line.

“The biggest complaint from couples is that a receiving line takes up a big chunk of time, especially if you have a large guest list,” the website says. “Most couples feel like they’d rather spend that time mingling in a more natural way, or enjoying their cocktail hour instead. Additionally, complicated family dynamics can make a receiving line feel awkward if there are people who don’t get along with one another.”

We think BridalGuide.com sums it up.

“Although a receiving line is not necessary, taking time on your wedding day to greet all of your guests is,” according to the website. “If you choose to forgo a line altogether, then be sure to take some time during the reception to visit each table and thank your guests for helping you to celebrate your marriage. They’ll want to congratulate you, and they will greatly appreciate your consideration.”

Bottom line: You don’t need to have a receiving line, but you do need to greet and thank your guests.

To learn more about how brides are “bucking tradition,” read our blogs on bridal party dances, flowers, first dances, rings, wedding cakes, the bouquet toss, the garter toss and whether white is always right.

 

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Address

4908 Van Epps Rd., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131

Phone Number

(216) - 870 - 4513

Monday - Friday

10AM - 6PM

F.A.Q.

Do I get to meet my DJ?

Of Course! This is your big day, we want you to be comfortable and able to build a rapport with your DJ. We encourage open communication between us and our clients. We can set-up face to face meetings, video calls, and teleconferences.

How do I secure my date?

We ask that when you are ready to book, you give us a signed contract and a $600 deposit. The initial deposit comes off the final balance. After that, you are locked in to your date. Payment plans are available, but we do not require the final balance until a week before your wedding.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. All prices you see include tax, set-up & tear-down, and travel to most places. When paying with credit card there is a 3.8% convenience fee. No fees when paying by check or cash.

Do you work with other vendors?

Yes! While we have partnerships with vendors, we do not require you use them exclusively. You can always book us independently and we’ll ensure that all vendors are on the same page throughout the entire planning process and evening.

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