I often meet brides and grooms who are unsure as to whether they should have a receiving line or not. Tradition says yes, parents would like it, but who wants to stand in line to shake hands with someone you already know? Personally I did not do it at my own wedding, but having seen both approaches at weddings I have covered I think there are many points in favour of some such arrangement:
• Every single person who is present at your wedding gets to personally congratulate the bride and groom and their parents;
• The bride and groom cam be confident that they have spoken with every one of their guests and not worry that they missed anyone;
• Although all of the guests may be known to the bride and groom, the parents enjoy meeting the people who are important enough in to have been invited to such a special day;
• Photographically it provides some beautiful and often touching interactions and can add much to the emotional feel of the images.
It is of course important to make sure you keep people moving and don’t spend too long chatting with each guest. It also helps to make sure all your guests have a drink before they join the line!