A receiving line after the ceremony can take up a lot of time; for larger weddings (200 and up) it can be an hour or more of waiting for the guests at the back of the line. Use these tips to have a receiving line and still have time to enjoy your Cocktail Hour!
Shorten the waiting time for your guests by having them greet just yourself and your new spouse. If you have a smaller guest list, your parents could be part of the receiving line as well without adding too much time to the wait.
Consider taking the majority of your pictures during a “First Look”. This way, there will be less of a time crunch for photos after the ceremony. If you choose not to see your future husband/wife before the ceremony, take as many Bridal Party and family pictures as you can. This will cut down on how much time you’ll need for photos after the ceremony and it will free up more time for a receiving line.
If your ceremony and reception are in different locations, you can always budget extra time after the ceremony for the receiving line. That way your guests are able to greet you immediately following the ceremony and then take their time getting over to the reception venue for Cocktail Hour. As there is extra time allotted, you will be able to greet your guests, head off to pictures, and still have time to make it to the venue without feeling rushed!