I’ve just been reading an article over at The Knot about the things guests complain about at weddings, and it seems that the number one complaint on the list was the receiving line: that moment (usually before the wedding breakfast) where everyone files past the wedding party and shakes their hands or gives them a kiss.
I have to admit I don’t like this part of weddings much myself. Oh, it’s lovely to actually get some face time with the bride and groom (even if it is only for a few seconds), and I think it’s only polite to introduce yourself to their parents, especially if they’re the ones hosting the wedding. As for the rest, though: the bridesmaids, the ushers, the best man? Well, that part always makes me think of that scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral where Kristin Scott Thomas tells everyone "You must be very proud!"
Kristin’s character is right, though. It can be hard to know what to say to a line of people you’ve never met before, and, for this reason, we will probably only be including both sets of parents (and ourselves, of course!) in ours. We did think about not having one at all, but as my parents are very generously paying for our reception, we thought it was only fair that they be introduced to the people they’ll be entertaining, and I’m sure my in-laws will want to know who everyone else is.
Are you having a receiving line? And if so, who’ll be in it?