I didn’t do one but in my culture we do entrance photos! So it’s sort of the same concept. An entrance photo is where after people sign in we stand by a backdrop or something nice and we greet guests and take a photo with them that they get later in the night inside a thank you folder. I didn’t want to do this because it meant standing for an hour or hour an a half for people to come but I had such a big wedding that I kind of realized that was a nice chance for me to get a photo with everyone and to just at least get to quickly greet and chat with people because later in the night I wouldn’t get another chance
We won’t be doing one. But, we are having a smaller destination wedding, so I don’t think it’s really necessary, as we will have plenty of time to interact with all our guests. I think they are a great idea for large weddings though – they give the bride and groom the opportunity to make sure they thank every person for coming, so you don’t have to worry about trying to get to everybody during your reception.
We're doing the thing where you come back in after the recessional and greet every row as you dismiss them. That way our guests can stay seated until it's time to go, and we will have a little more control over the timing.
No receiving line for us, we feel like it's such an outdated tradition. We will go around to everyone's tables, after speeches & first dances but before dinner to briefly say hello, take any photos and then move onto the next. Everyone will have a plated salad & bread at their table so they're not starving lol. Once we visit the few first tables, dinner will begin to be served.
We did a receiving line. My husband and I, my parents, and his parents were in the line. His parents are divorced and his father is engaged, but his fiancee wasn't part of the receiving line as we barely know her. His dad also isn't a people person so after a few minutes he walked away. Originally, our bridal party was supposed to be in the receiving line as well. We realized during our rehearsal that the lobby of the hotel (our venue) wasn't big enough for them to be in the receiving line where we needed the line to start. We also walked around to each table after we finished our food (we were served first and finished before everyone else). We wanted to talk with our guests as much as possible.
I've only been to one wedding where I've seen this. I actually really liked it but I'm not sure yet if I'll be doing it or not. The one I attended, they had the ceremony outdoors at the bride's uncle's house, the couple then waited near the house to receive/greet everyone as the guests exited and headed to cars. In a way it spaced the guests out a bit so they weren't in a rush out of the parking area (which was a field). It also allowed the couple to thank guests who may not be going to the reception which was at another location.
We are not doing one! We also plan to go to each table after everyone's received their food and before the speeches.