It is part of my job to be in the loop about the latest wedding trends. I follow other wedding vendors and bridal designers to keep on top of what everyone else in the industry is doing. The world of weddings is constantly evolving and become more complex and it takes time to sift through what trends are worthy and what trends are a bit excessive. It’s always good to have eyes on the future, but weddings are also steeped in centuries of tradition and sometimes ignoring trends in favor of tradition can offer a big reward.
One such tradition that brides often ditch, but shouldn’t is the receiving line. Receiving lines are a bit old fashioned. Couples nowadays would probably prefer gliding around the banquet hall stopping off here and there to talk to people over the more regimented line of greetings. The first option is much more organic and informal, but it never accomplishes exactly what it should. You simply never get to everyone that way. You will start out with the best of intentions. You’ll wait until the dancing starts and you’ll make your rounds. You’ll pop over to a few tables and make your way around each one. You’ll thank your guests and make necessary introductions. It’ll be great and you’ll be right on track until one of you gets pulled away or until your favorite song comes on or until it’s time to cut the cake.
The more formal receiving line gives you the opportunity to great and speak with each and every guest. When and how you do your reeving line is up to you, but it’s easiest to do as guests file out of your church or ceremony site. It will be slow going, and you’ll want to allow time for it, but most of your guests will really appreciate it.
You know who else will appreciate it? Your parents. A receiving line ensures that everyone also gets to meet and thank your parents. People want to meet your parents, and your parents want to meet them, too. A receiving line is in effect a great way of spotlighting the other people who are really important to the day. Without one many guests are left completely in the dark about who is the mother of the bride or the father of the groom and so on.
The real bottom line about this tradition of a receiving line is that it places a necessary importance on introducing and greeting people. If you have super human meet-and-greet abilities and can accomplish everything without a receiving line than more power to you. If not, consider adding in this little tradition.