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Don't worry, we aren't going to suggest you turn your wedding receiving line into a conga, but there are ways to make this wedding staple more fun and personal.  Although a traditional receiving line is certainly efficient, some couples and guests might think it's a little dull.  You can pep up this tradition and make it feel like your own without too much effort.  Remember, the only reason why a receiving line is required is that you are supposed to greet every guests who attends your wedding.  How you do that is completely up to you.

Excuse one pew at a time.  Got a little time to kill in between the ceremony and the reception?  Make use of that by noting in your program that guests should remain in their seats following the recessional.  The bride and groom can then come back in and greet their guests as they exit, one pew at a time. If your ceremony was really long, you may want to avoid this because extra waiting might seem painful.  But if you kept it short and sweet, this is a great way to kick off the party.

Greet each table during dinner.  That classic joke that the bride and groom don't get to eat at their own wedding? It's kind of true.  But, this can be a natural, engaging way to greet all of your guests. Especially if you were intentional in your seating chart, each table might be a completely different conversation.  It will seem organic and friendly, rather than a necessary chore.

Double up the lines.  Why make your guests stand in line to say hello, and then another one for cake?  Turn your receiving line into the line for dessert or for the photobooth.  Waiting in line seems much less boring if you get a buttercream reward and sweet hello at the end.

Ask your bridesmaids to help.  If you are having a smaller wedding, and you want to forgo anything too formal, ask your bridal party for assistance. Have each one be in charge of a table or group of people, and remind you to pay them a visit at some point.  This works really well with receptions with less than 50 guests. Just make sure that every guest is greeted. You don't want someone flying four hours to your celebration and get nary a "hello" from you.

Look for lulls.   There is always a little bit of "hurry up and wait" at weddings.  Find the gaps in your schedule and fill them with greeting guests. This could be over a cocktail hour, or on the transportation to your reception.

 

 

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