It's no secret that the old-fashioned receiving line is on its way out. However, the tradition of greeting all your guests and thanking them for their attendance at your wedding is still an important part of being a good host. Rather than have the wedding party lined up at the door of the reception site, here are a few options to consider so you can greet all your loved ones.
Host a welcome party.
Welcome parties are a great way to kickoff a wedding weekend and introduce friends and family in a more casual setting. This can be something as simple as hosting a BBQ in your parents' backyard or a cocktail party at a local bar. The idea is that everyone who is invited to the wedding should be able to swing by, say hello, and wish you well. This is the perfect opportunity to thank guests for coming and to make time to chat with everyone.
Greet each table during dinner.
The most common approach couples are taking to greet every guest is to do it during dinner. Some couples will divide and conquer the room, divvying up which tables each of them will visit, while others visit each table together to thank their guests for attending.
Skip your cocktail hour.
If you plan to avoid the receiving line, it's best to steer clear of a big entrance before the guests are seated for dinner. Rather than attending cocktail hour and trying to make it a point to greet every guest in that small one-hour time frame, you can take this opportunity to skip off with your new spouse and your photographer for formal portraits and take a moment to yourselves.
Or, mingle during cocktail hour.
If you'd prefer to get the greetings out of the way quickly, grab a glass of bubbly and your partner's arm and make way through the cocktail hour crowd. If your wedding is less than 100 guests, it should be manageable to greet every guest individually and express your joy that they were able to attend.
Let the wedding party know the plan.
Whatever you decide to do in lieu of having a receiving line, be sure to communicate this information with your wedding party and immediate family so they can pass along the info to inquiring guests. The last thing you want is to be forced into a receiving line due to a miscommunication.