Do a circle dance instead of a receiving line #Reception Advice#receiving line Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Sep 24 2013) Offbeat Editors Photo by Milestone Images If you're looking to avoid the never-ending linear hugs of ye olde receiving line, you could borrow a page from Melanie and John, who did a Sufi Dance. Why do a receiving line, when you can do a circle dance with your guests? This might be one of those "gotta know someone who knows how to do this" ideas, but it's worth considering! This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Milestone Images PREVIOUS How do you acknowledge other special occasions that fall around your wedding day? NEXT Catherine & Agustin's chic Latino love on a budget wedding Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] Us too! We're getting married in 2 weeks and the whole ceremony is a contra dance, beginning with a circle mixer. We wanted everyone to "greet" everyone else with a smile, and we have an old-time band and caller, who will begin by teaching the moves, then call them all throughout the ceremony. The "right & left grand" is the big hello, and at then end we promenade as a couple through a raised arm tunnel, like "London Bridges." Reply I want to do a contra dance too! Great idea about the first dancing being a circle dance and ending with a tunnel! Reply I love this idea! If I may ask for logistics purposes, how many people will participate in the dance? Reply As a Jew, and having attended mostly Jewish weddings, I don't think I've ever seen a receiving line. Instead, the traditional start to the reception (after the first dance) is a hora — another circle dance that's very fast, very high-energy, and very easy. And the bride and groom get lifted up on chairs! How awesome is that! Reply Yeah it's funny: as an agnostic west coast weirdo, I've never seen a receiving line either… it's one of those waspy traditions that are somewhat regional, methinks. Reply So fun to see my photo used above! Thanks! I find a lot of couples skip the receiving line in favor of using that post-ceremony time for pictures, but as a vendor, the one thing I do love about receiving lines is that it gives me a chance to create a candid photo of the newlyweds with every guest… an excited hug, a genuine smile… by the time we're done, my camera smells like burning plastic and my right hand is cramped into what I affectionately call "the Claw." Reply I'm half native American (Nanticoke tribe) and I LOVE this idea I know my family would love it too. ^_^ Reply There are dances from every tradition christian, pagan, jewish, muslim, goddess, hindu, buddhist, zoroastrian, native american, you name it. Sufi Dancing is hugely fun! I highly recommend it, I mean really humans have been doing circle dances until about a hundred years ago, not sure why it faded, lets bring it back! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.