To help you determine how long you may need to maintain a receiving line, we have created this guide. Most receptions begin and end within a two hour period, in some cases you may want a longer wedding reception to accommodate a larger guest list.

Please refer to the table below for guidance as to the length of time needed to personally greet the number of wedding guests you anticipate attending.

Greeting 50 guests per hour allows you 72 seconds per guest

Greeting 75 guests per hour allows you 48 seconds per guest

Greeting 100 guests per hour allows you 36 seconds per guest

Greeting 125 guests per hour allows you 29 seconds per guest

Greeting 150 guests per hour allows you 24 seconds per guest

Greeting 175 guests per hour allows you 21 seconds per guest

Greeting 200 guests per hour allows you 18 seconds per guest

We suggest 30 seconds or more spent on average per guest. Spending 20 seconds or less with each wedding guest is unreasonable.