A receiving line sets aside a period of time after the ceremony or just before the reception party for you to greet and chat to guests and thank them for coming.
It means you can be sure you’ll talk to everyone on your special day and gives you the chance to introduce friends or relatives to your spouse/parents, and the opportunity for each guest to have a couple of minutes to congratulate you both.
Having a receiving line also means you can avoid being in a whirlwind, table-hopping and cutting conversations short in order to greet guests you haven’t yet spoken to, for most of the reception party.
Check with your venue that you will have a roomy, well ventilated site where you and your guests can stand comfortably, somewhere that will allow enough space for guests to move easily up the line.
Such sites commonly used are on the front porch, front steps, lobby, inside the reception room or, ideally, in a location that flows to the reception area where guests are given refreshments while waiting. In which case, be sure to provide small tables so they can rest their drinks when it’s their turn to greet you.
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