What can I do instead of a receiving line at a wedding?

Why is a receiving line important?

Basically, the receiving line gives the newly-wed couple, together with their parents and other important guests, a chance to greet the guests and thank them for attending. It is also an opportunity for the guests to thank the couple for having invited them to their wedding ceremony.

How long does a receiving line Take for 200 guests?

How long does this all take? Well, the approximate time is 20 seconds for each guest, and the average time for 100 guests to go through a receiving line is 30-45 minutes. For 200 guests, it is 45-60 minutes.

Who walks the groom’s mother down the aisle?

As the wedding begins, the groom’s mother will be escorted down the aisle, to the first pew, right-hand side, by the head usher or a groomsman who is a family member. A nice touch includes the groom escorting his mother down the aisle. As the groom’s mother is escorted to her seat, her husband will follow along behind.

What does a receiving line mean?

: a group of people who stand in a line and individually welcome guests (as at a wedding reception)

Who greets guests at weddings?

If one or more parents are deceased and there are no stepparents, another close relative can stand in — a grandmother or an aunt, an uncle or a brother. If someone other than the parents is hosting, such as the couple’s best friends or the couple themselves, they may choose to be at the head of the line instead.

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How do you greet people in a wedding?


  1. Best wishes!
  2. We’re/I’m so happy for you!
  3. Wishing you lots of love and happiness.
  4. Wishing you a long and happy marriage.
  5. Wishing you the best today and always.
  6. So happy to celebrate this day with you both!
  7. Best wishes for a fun-filled future together.
  8. Wishing you fulfillment of every dream!

What is a formal exit at a wedding?

A formal exit takes place immediately following the reception. Traditionally, after the last song is played, guests usher the bride & groom off to their getaway car and send them off on their honeymoon.