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line4So happy for you. Loving hug during a wedding receiving line.


Receiving lines are a traditional wedding event to release your guests after the ceremony. It gives you an opportunity to talk to all of your guests and to thank them for coming to your wedding. However, there are some things that you should know about this tradition.

line2I love your earrings. Wedding guest checking out the bridal party bling.

While planning your wedding schedule, you need to allot at least thirty to forty-five minutes for this. Receiving lines take a long time to get through. Even if you don’t have that many guests, everyone wants to give you a hug and comment on your dress, your hair and the ceremony. 

line3Show me your ring. Wedding guest checking out the grooms new ring.

Sometimes you don’t know everyone who is invited to your wedding. Maybe your aunt brought her new boyfriend and you’ve never met him. Here’s how this conversation would go:


You: “Hey Aunt Becky! It’s so great to see you. Thank you so much for coming!”

Becky: “You know I wouldn’t miss this! You look absolutely gorgeous! The ceremony was so beautiful. Oh, by the way, this is my boyfriend, Steve.”

You: “Hi Steve! Nice to meet you! This is my husband, Jeff.”

Steve: “Nice to meet you both.”

Jeff: “You too! Thanks for coming! See you at the reception!”

*Hugs all around*


Here’s another scenario:


You: “Hey Sally! Thanks so much for coming! This is my new husband, Jeff.” “Jeff, this is Sally from the office.”

Sally: “Congratulations! The ceremony was so beautiful!”

Jeff: “Thanks! Nice to meet you! I’ve heard so much about you. It’s nice to put a face to the name.”

*Hand shakes and hugs all around*


These are the short versions of conversations that could multiply this by two hundred. You have no idea how fast these little conversations add up and eat away time on your wedding day. Don’t forget, most receiving lines include your parents and bridal party, so people will be talking to them, as well. It’s a hug-fest and you don’t want to keep your guests waiting around forever to get over to the reception and the food.
Not to mention long receiving lines cut into the time planned for your formal images with your photographer. So thinking ahead helps make the day run smooth for everything throughout the days events. Always remember, no matter what, to have fun and enjoy every moment. 

line5Bridal Embrace This beautiful bride hugs her little flower girl.


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Why you should have a first look

Many of my couples ask me whether or not they should have a first look. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are a tad bit ‘untraditional,’ but let me take a minute to explain the benefits of a first look.


  1. Your wedding day will be crazy busy. No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. 


  1. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots.


  1. A first look also gives you a very special, intimate moment with your new spouse. If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many of people around and you can’t fully take in the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and your photographers, of course). 


  1. Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony.


If you decide that you want to forego the first look, that’s totally fine, too! Here are the minimum times you will need to schedule out for photos after the ceremony.

1. For family formals, you will need 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size. 

2. You will need a half hour for bride and groom portraits and 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party.

3. If you are taking photos off location, you will have to gather everything together and transport it. It is a good idea to designate a friend or someone who is not going to be in photos to do this for you to save time.

4. Keep in mind that it is super hard to keep family, friends, and bridal party members together and all in one place after the ceremony, especially if it is a large party. For that reason, you need to allot some extra bubble time in case someone goes missing. 

These are the minimum times. If you have more people in your family and bridal party photos, you may want to add some more time. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.



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