Blame it on technology or poor attention spans, but no-one enjoys waiting in lines. Modern times have given brides the freedom to find what suits their needs and wants best. Brides and grooms are moving towards more creative receiving line options that still allow you to greet your guests.
Skip the Entire Wedding Party
If you still want to do a traditional receiving line, consider upgrading to save time and reduce the time everyone spends waiting in line. Skip the wedding party and your parents and his parents. Just have the bride and groom greet the guests. This will keep everything moving quickly and will be more enjoyable for your guests. Parents and the bridal party can mingle during the reception, making sure everyone involved has a chance to greet guests.
Greet Guests During Social Hour
Instead of immediately after the wedding, consider having a meet and greet during cocktail hour. Many brides and grooms end up missing portions of their wedding day because they are busy thanking everyone for coming to the wedding and taking wedding photos. By enjoying yourselves during social hour, you can thank your guests and have a few moments to simply enjoy your reception!
Greet Guests as They Arrive to the Reception
If you live in the Brainerd lakes area, you are already familiar with the gorgeous outdoor reception venues available to the newly engaged. From the resorts on Gull Lake to the lovely Breezy Point area, chances are your guests will be enjoying your reception outside. This can be a great way to shake things up by choosing to greet your guests as they enter the reception venue.
Throw a Welcome Party
Many brides and grooms completely forgo the receiving line at their wedding because they’ve already spent the entire weekend with their guests. From hosting rehearsal dinners to bridal showers, many of your guests would prefer not to spend their prime party time walking through the traditional long, receiving lines.
One more thing…
If you choose to upgrade the traditional wedding receiving line, don’t forget the importance of thanking your guests for attending. Make a real effort to say “hello” and “thank you” to each guest at some point during your festivities. This will ensure all your wedding day bases are covered and everyone knows how much they mean to you.