I was recently the DJ/MC of a wedding that included music for the ceremony, cocktails and of course the reception. All the facets were at the same property but in different rooms. When it came time to transition from the cocktail area to the dinner/reception hall I asked the wedding party to get ready for the receiving line. I was met with a dozen blank stares. The what ?
It looks like through my planning and coordinating with the wedding couple no one informed the rest of the wedding party that this was happening. Not only that but most of them were unaware what a receiving line even was. I understand that more weddings are putting tradition aside but I just assumed this was a gimmie.
There are a few pros and cons of having a receiving line as opposed to the wedding couple doing table visits during the course of the night
- It is a great opportunity to greet and thank every guest for coming to your wedding.
- Tradition dictates that if you are having more than 50 guest that it is warranted.
- You guarantee that every guest will get at least a minute of actual face time with both you and your partner.
- You can have the opportunity to have your photo taken with every couple before they enter the reception hall.
- If your guest count is a large one you could have an enormous line throughout your venue.
- You have to allocate a large amount of time which could in turn delay major aspects of the reception timeline and could hinder the plating and/or preparation of food.
- They may not be enough room to line up 200 or more guests at your reception venue.
- Parents , Step-Parents , Grandparents , Wedding Party and Wedding Couple may have issue with being included/not included.
At the end of the day whatever you and your partner decide just try to keep the above points in mind.
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Neal McFarlane is a full-time Toronto Wedding DJ ,VJ and MC who enjoys sharing his decades of knowledge to elevate every single event he can.